I am currently a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut. I recently received my Masters from UConn's EEB department, for which I studied hummingbird flower mites at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, specifically investigating their local diversity and their interactions with host plants and the hummingbirds they hitchhike on. In my PhD I continuing to work with this cool system of interactions, diving into community assembly mechanisms within the La Selva hummingbird flower mite assemblage.
My personal interests range through a variety of topics within Biology, Ecology and Entomology. These include plant-insect interactions, pollinator biology, conservation, as well as climate change effects on organisms and their biodiversity.