I recently graduated from the University of Tampa with a B.S. Biology degree, where I worked in Dr. Taegan McMahon’s 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 currently the Laboratory Manager for the Richards-Zawacki lab, and plan to pursue graduate school in the future. I hope to one day become an ecology professor where I can teach and inspire undergraduate students to conduct their own research. When I am not in the lab, I love hiking, kayaking, traveling, and hanging out with my pet frog, Ranito.