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I'm a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech co-advised by Dr. Ignacio Moore and Dr. Jeffrey Walters. I'm also an Interfaces of Global Change Fellow and an NSF 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, specifically in the tropics. My PhD research investigates differences in breeding behavior 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 (see some of my DEI projects here). In my free time, I enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and birdwatching. 

Personal pronouns: she/her



2019 - Present

Virginia Tech

Ph.D. Student in Biological Sciences 

2014 - 2018

Boston University

B.A. in Biology  

Fellowships, Grants, and Awards

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National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program

($46,000/year | 2020-2023)​

Virginia Tech Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence
($2,000 | 2021)

American Ornithological Society Research Award
($1,000 | 2021) 

BirdsCaribbean David S. Lee Award
($1,000 | 2021)

Ralph E. Carlson Memorial Scholarship in Ornithology
($600 | 2021)

Florida Ornitological Society Robertson Fellowship Award
($750 | 2020)

Bard at Brooklyn Public Library Fellowship
($1,500 | 2020)

Virginia Tech Nutshell Games Award
($500 | 2020)


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