I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Boston College in 2013. After completing my degree, I contributed to diverse ecological research projects throughout the Intermountain West, New England, and the Mariana Islands as a field technician.
I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology at University of Nevada, Reno in 2022, where I was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow within the lab of Dr. Angela Smilanich.
My research focuses on the complex interactions between plants, the insect herbivores that consume them, and the natural enemies that attack those herbivores. Through both laboratory and field-based inquiry, I am examining the intersecting influences of host plant chemistry, insect immune defenses, and entomopathogen infection on the ecology and evolution of wild Lepidoptera.