I am a recent graduate of the esteemed Integrative Biology program at UC Berkeley. My courses were mainly focused on evolutionary biology, covering everything from vertebrate paleontology to population genetics. I have also completed many interdisciplinary courses, including classes on science and philosophy, science writing, and bio-inspired design.
I have had the opportunity to work closely with Dr. Kevin Padian and his postdoc students on many scientific papers to illustrate specimens and craft clear, informative figures.
Over the summers, I’ve worked at Mississippi State University running experiments on the microbial precipitation of calcium carbonate. There, I used an SEM to analyze samples and learned to read carbonate thin sections.
At UC Berkeley, I recently completed a semester-long explorative field study on the song dynamics and differentiation of Hutton’s Vireo populations in different regions of California.
I am in the final stages of nearly two years of research in Dr. Seth Finnegan’s lab at UC Berkeley. Under his instruction, I conducted a senior thesis project surveying changes in taxa diversity across the late ordovician mass-extinction boundary using samples taken from Anticosti island in Canada. During my research in the Finnegan lab, I learned to read microfossils, interpret facies composition, and conduct basic statistical analysis on the data.
Currently, I am working as a research assistant in Dr. Mimi Koehl’s Lab at UC Berkeley. I am assisting graduate students in designing and conducting research experiments studying the biomechanics of choanoflagellates.
My areas of interest include vertebrate paleontology, evolutionary biology, biomechanics, systems ecology, bio-inspired design and research, and bioengineering.