I studied biology at the University of Tampa, where I worked in the McMahon conservation disease ecology lab throughout undergrad. My passion for disease ecology grew as I worked as a research assistant studying non-amphibian hosts, vectors, morphology, and acquired resistance to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). Additionally, I have studied the impacts of urbanization on lizard communities in Arizona and studied hummingbird pollination across elevations in Monteverde, Costa Rica. My research interests include disease ecology, urban ecology, and conservation biology, and I absolutely love working with frogs! I am also passionate about scientific outreach and education and really enjoy being involved in outdoor environmental education programs.
I am the Laboratory Manager/Technician for the Richards-Zawacki lab. When I am not in the lab, I love hiking, kayaking, traveling, and hanging out with my pet frog, Ranito.