My main research interests are social insects (especially ants!), parasitoid biology, and science communication. As for my hobbies, I like sewing, painting, photography (macro!), running, climbing, and hiking! I like to keep busy and moving.
I completed my M.Sc. in the Entomology Department at the University of Georgia. I researched the genetics involved in the basis of colony social structure in the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta). In addition, I also taught a variety of biology and entomology courses, participated in outreach, and became more focused on science communication. Currently, I research the molecular basis of behavioral and physiological manipulation of red imported fire ants (S. invicta) by phorid fly parasitoids (Pseudacteon sp., decapitating flies), aid in differential gene expression analysis of Nylanderia fulva (tawny crazy ants) and am active in science communication.
MSc in Entomology, University of Georgia, 2017
Advisor: Dr. Brendan G. Hunt
BS in Biology, University of Central Florida, 2013