I started a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Fall of 2017. My original undergraduate training was focused on animal behavior, but my interests have greatly shifted over time. Prior to starting graduate school, I spent five years teaching Molecular Biology labs at Duke University. Afterwards, I spent a year working as lab manger in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke doing work focused on primate genetics and epigentics. My current research is focused on studying the genetics of wolves and dogs. I’m also interested in studying the effects of “bridge programs” on the retention of underrepresented minority students. My career goal after finishing my PhD is an administrative position focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM graduate programs.
I’m also a person diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I’ve invested significant time in learning how to best to manage what that means for me and how to prevent it from negatively impacting my life. My preferred pronouns are they/them or she/her. Among my favorite hobbies are boardgames, weight lifting, and painting. I hope through my website to share my experiences as a PhD student while also acknowledging the human side of being a student that isn’t always publicly shared.