I am a graduate student at Drexel University studying neuroanatomy and thermoregulation in Hymenoptera (bees, ants, wasps) in the lab of Dr. Sean O’Donnell. I am also earning my Masters in Undergraduate STEM Education with the CASTLE Center (Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence) at Drexel. My research takes me to the Sonoran Desert each year, where I partner with researchers at University of Arizona to study Centris mating behaviors and ovary development, as well as to the Huyck Research Preserve in New York to study Xylocopa social structure, and to Cienfuegos, Cuba to study community structure in tropical ecosystems.
During college, I earned my dual-major in Biology and Creative Writing – combining science and writing has always been a key feature of my life. My senior year capstone project evaluated the role of science and the portrayal of scientists in drama throughout history (called: Science on Stage: An Examination of Scientific Rhetoric, advised by Dr. Melanie Blood). My own science writing, including published ecopoetry, a play on the ethics of cloning, and many articles, can be found in my website’s ‘library’ here. I am also a lover of games, particularly RPGs, lending some of my writings a DnD touch.