I graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Soil and Water Science.
My interests in insect-plant ecology and physiology flourished during my undergraduate years volunteering in several botany and ecological labs.
I am currently working in the Nematology Lab under Dr. Tesfa Mengistu, assisting in the research on biological control of plant parasitic nematodes. By working this close with these roundworms, I am beginning to understand the complexity of their lives and their impact on crop production. I aspire to teach growers, farmers, and members of communities in developing countries how to best manage abiotic and biotic plant stresses in an environmentally conscious manner.
In my spare time, I enjoy drawing scientific illustrations in different media, taking macro-photography shots, and going snorkeling.