ABOUT ME

 
Who I
am
  • curiosity-driven, life-long learner

  • believes that thoughtfully designed field courses have the potential to be transformative learning experiences for all students

  • cares deeply about addressing issues of inequity in biology courses &  fostering an inclusive environment in biology courses

  • excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

  • thoughtful and enthusiastic collaborator

  • fascinated by organismal diversity, in particular the fascinating body plans and adaptations of marine invertebrates

General Skills
  • Statistical analysis & data visualization (R, Excel, and Numbers)

  • Backwards Curriculum Design

  • Canvas educational technology

  • Evidence-based teaching methods

  • Microsoft Office Suite

  • Virtual learning tools (Padlet, Jamboard, PollEverywhere)

  • Project management and collaboration tools (Slack, Trello)

  • Recreational coastal boating (sailboat and motorboat operation)

Work​
experience​
Cornell University, Postdoctoral Fellow​
Department of Natural Resources & the Environment
2019 - present

 

As an Active Learning Initiative fellow in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment (DNRE) I develop and lead active learning-infused curricular materials for project-based courses such as Introductory Field Biology and a suite of Environmental Science and Sustainability Capstone courses.   Many of my materials focus on scaffolding reflection and training in transferable project skills of teamwork, leadership, collaboration, communication and the scientific process.  I am also conducting research on the experiences of students who are participating in field courses in order to better understand how instructors can make field-oriented courses more inclusive to all students.

Scientific Skills
  • Transcriptomics & Bioinformatic data analysis

  • Microdissection

  • Light MIcroscopy

  • Confocal imaging

  • RNA Isolation

  • Microalgae  and Bryozoan Culturing

Education
Harvard University, Ph.D.
Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

 

I am fascinated by colonial marine invertebrates, and the unusual way that colony modules (in some species) can divide labor to accomplish the tasks of living.  My dissertation research focused on exploring division of labor within a species of marine bryozoan.  I explored this fascinating topic using RNA-sequencing technology by isolating messenger RNA from bryozoan modules and constructed de novo transcriptomes of these modules at different stages of development, and compared their differential gene expression.

University of Oregon, M.S.

Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

 

My fascination with marine invertebrates exploded while I lived on the Oregon coast, exploring tidepools at low tide searching for organisms beneath boulders and among kelp fronds.  For my thesis, I explored the settlement dynamics of an encrusting marine bryozoan in the lab, and in the field along a salinity gradient in the South Slough Estuary.  I was lucky to participate in an oceanographic research cruise and went to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in a Deep Sea submersible.  As a GK-12 Fellow at the time, I was able to share my experiences with local Kindergarden through 6th graders in my community, along with teaching them about marine biology.

Wellesley College, B.A.
Biology (major) & Music (minor)

 

I had my first true field research experience in college, when I travelled to Belize and Costa Rica with my Tropical Field Ecology course.  This experience of conducting my own research in such a fascinating and beautiful environment was transformative and inspired me to pursue graduate degrees in Biology.  I formed life-long friendships and am still very close with my classmates and professor from this class.