PhD graduate student
I completed my Bachelor’s at Michigan State in Zoology and German. There, I spent time studying the pollinators of Michigan’s blueberry fields working on Project ICP within the Isaacs’ lab. Soon after, I moved to Germany where I continued working with bumble bees at the Georg-August-Universitat in Gottingen and exploring their foraging behavior within agricultural vs. urban areas. I then completed my master’s in the Fleischer lab also at Penn State, where I examined how bees could be better supported within agricultural systems by considering floral resources, their nutrition, and pesticide usage.
Within these experiences I realized my passion for understanding insect physiology and the complexity of their social behavior, which led me to the Amsalem Lab. I am currently exploring what may have led to the evolution of castes in bumble bees through the use of physiological, functional, and eventually genetic tools. When I am not in the lab, I try to be in the woods hiking or running.
To see a list of current manuscripts, awards, and outreach involvement, please see my CV here.