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 of Michigan 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’m 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’m not in the lab, I try to be in the woods hiking or running. Climbing, coffee, and cats fill the rest of my days.
To see a list of current manuscripts, awards, and outreach involvement, please see my CV here.