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 am currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada, Reno. I am pursuing my doctorate in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology within the research group of Dr. Angela Smilanich.
My dissertation 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 pathogen infection on populations of wild Lepidoptera.