I am a graduate candidate at Drexel University studying (primarily) the links between behavior, neuroanatomy, and thermal physiology in Hymenoptera (bees, ants, wasps) in the lab of Dr. Sean O’Donnell. I have a deep appreciation of, and passion for, the natural history of solitary bees. You can catch up on all my research projects, here. I am also earning my Masters in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum with a concentration in Higher Education in the School of Education at Drexel, after earning my graduate minor in Undergraduate STEM Education with the Drexel Center for the Advancement of STEM Teaching and Learning Excellence. A deliberately structured culture of care, listening, and plenty of opportunity for reflection form the foundation of my research program, pedagogy, and mentorship.

I earned my B.S. in Biology and Creative Writing in 2016 from the State University of New York at Geneseo. I enjoy combining these disciplines whenever I can, for example by evaluating the portrayal of scientists in drama throughout history (Science on Stage: An Examination of Scientific Rhetoric, advised by Dr. Melanie Blood). My own science writing, including published ecopoetry, a play exploring the ethics of cloning, and many articles on science, can be found in my website’s ‘library’ here. I’ve already titled my science memoirs, but I’ve got a bit of work ahead of me to fill the pages. My tuxedo cat, Nyx, enjoys engaging in these reading and writing projects with me.

Credit: Isa Betancourt

I love all kinds of games, with a soft spot for RPGs and cooperative board games. I am an avid cross-stitcher (and am currently in the midst of the Seasonal Women series by designer Lavender & Lace), a truly ecstatic theatergoer (musical and otherwise), and a trained Opera singer (though I prefer to sing to a friend’s uke around a campfire). Other favorite things include: baking, a great fiction novel (everything but mystery or horror), hiking, playing piano, gardening, anime, camping, and eating my husband’s delicious guacamole.