2022-Present. Postdoctoral fellow. North Carolina State University, Biological Sciences | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Supervisor: A.A. Smith) 2019-2022. NSF Postdoctoral fellow. North Carolina State University, Applied Ecology | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Supervisors: R.E. Irwin and A.A. Smith)
2012-2019. PhD. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology (Advisor: A.V. Suarez) 2008-2012. B.S. Rutgers University at New Brunswick, Ecology and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Research Supervisor: S.N. Handel). summa cum laude
2022 AlaskaX. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Essentials (GIS Foundations, 3D GIS, GIS Image Analysis in ArcGIS Pro). EdX. (edx.org) pdf 2021. BUx: The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project, EdX pdf 2019. Media-Ready training Series, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. 2013. Ant Course. California Academy of Sciences. Villa Carmen Biological Station, Peru.
Grants/ Scholarships/ Fellowships
2022. National Science Foundation Science of Science: Discovery, Communication, and Impact (SOS:DCI) (PI - A.A. Smith, co- PI - N.M. Lee) * Though I am not listed as a PI, I was part of the team of three that wrote this proposal. abstractpress 2019-2022. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology (National Science Foundation) (PI) abstract 2018. Francis M. and Harlie M. Clark Research Support Grant (U. Illinois) 2017. Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (National Science Foundation) (PI - A.V. Suarez, co-PI - S.A. Ruzi) abstract 2013-2017. Conference Travel Grant (U. Illinois) 2014-2016. PEEC Summer Research Grant (U. Illinois) 2015-2016. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation Conference Fellowship (ATBC) 2015. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Fellow Travel Award Program (STRI) 2015. PEEC Travel Grant (U. Illinois) 2015. Harley J. Van Cleave Research Award (U. Illinois) 2014. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Short-Term Fellowship (STRI) 2013. Dissertation Travel Grant (U. Illinois) 2013. SIB Enhancement Fund (U. Illinois) 2011. Aresty Undergraduate Research Grant (Rutgers University)
Awards and Distinction
2017. President's Prize Award, ESA Student Competition, Entomological Society of America 2014. President's Prize Award, ESA Student Competition, Entomological Society of America 2013. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention 2012. Young Botanist Award, Botanical Society of America 2012. M. Buell Outstanding Student in Ecology Award, Rutgers University 2012. New Jersey Agricultural Station (NJAES)/ SEBS Research Poster Award 2012. Outstanding Achievement in Undergraduate Research, Aresty Undergraduate Research Symposium