Postdoc 2021-Present University of California, Santa Barbara
4111 Life Sciences, UCSB
PhD 2021 University of Alabama
MS 2016 University of West Florida
BS 2011 University of California, Davis
I grew up in Northern California, where the Lawrence Hall of Science's free admission days formed the foundation of my love of discovery. This passion was furthered by a spontaneous tour of the invertebrate collections at UC Berkeley because a professor replied to a child's excited letter and invited me to dream of college.
I completed a bachelor's at UC Davis in Genetics and then worked for a time before continuing with a Masters in Biology at the University of West Florida, where I studied regeneration genetics in starfish. I completed a PhD at the University of Alabama focused on chitons, but diversified my research interests as I found power in 'omics as a uniting force.
I am proud to be a first-generation college graduate, and plan to enter academia as a professor, despite family members who occasionally ask why I'm STILL in school. :)
If you're on campus, come by so I can show you ostracods and ask you aggressively if you think they're cute.