I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech, an Interfaces of Global Change Fellow, and National Science Foundation GRFP Fellow. I received my Bachelor's degree in biology from Boston University in 2018.
After exploring many aspects of biology, I'm currently interested in pursuing research to better understand how a bird's environment affects their behavior and physiology, specifically in the tropics. My PhD research investigates differences between Puerto Rican Tody populations in rainforest and dry forest environments.
In addition to research, I'm passionate about making STEM and the outdoors more inclusive, and storytelling to amplify voices that have been silenced and excluded. I'm the community engagement specialist for Monuments Across Appalachian Virginia and co-editor of Been Outside: Adventures of Black Women, Nonbinary, and Gender Nonconforming People in Nature. Check out some of my diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) projects here.
In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as running, backpacking, kayaking, and birdwatching.
2019 - Present
Ph.D. Candidate in Biological Sciences
2014 - 2018
B.A. in Biology