News & OUTREACH
I helped organize a Valentine's Day event at UNR's Museum of Natural History. Despite the rainy weather, this event was well attended by students and community members. Check out our station focused on mate selection, reproduction, and oviposition in butterflies and moths!
I earned my first Girl Scout badge in over a decade by participating in the Girl's Day of STEM
at the Desert Research Institute. As part of this event, I had the opportunity to engage in conversations about STEM career paths with Girl Scouts from the Reno-Sparks area.
I was honored to present my research at the Launch Symposium for the Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology. This symposium commemorated the formalization of the Hitchcock Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, featuring a keynote address by Dr. Paul Alan Cox and an incredible day of talks from UNR faculty and grad students [Nevada Today article].
I was awarded first place in the Student Competition for the President's Prize for my talk at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada! My presentation was titled: "Use of an introduced host plant provides protection against viral infection in a native herbivore, Anartia jatrophae."
I traveled to Montpellier, France to attend the 2nd Joint Congress on Evolutionary Biology. My poster presentation, entitled "Variation in immune performance and interactions with a viral pathogen in a North American herbivore utilizing native and novel host plants" was affiliated with the Evolutionary immunology: Tradeoffs and mechanisms symposium.
I traveled to Denver, CO to present my research at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. My talk, entitled "Novel host plant use in Euphydryas phaeton: Influences on caterpillar immunity, chemical defense, and interactions with natural enemies" was awarded second place in the Student Competition for the President's Prize.