Education: Ph.D. Student, Biology (Ecology, Evolution, & Conservation Biology) University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Completion Expected May 2022 Research Advisor: Dr. Lee Dyer and Dr. Matt Forister
Bachelor of Science Major: Environmental Science Minor: Forest Management and Ecology University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Graduation: May 2014 Awarded Outstanding Graduating Senior in Environmental Science
Scholarships: University of Nevada, Reno Hitchcock Graduate4 Student Fellowship 2020
University of Nevada, Reno Jerry & Betty Wilson Scholarship Recipient 2018-2019
University of Nevada, Reno Anna C. and Walter Frey Scholarship Endowment Recipient 2017-18
University of Nevada, Reno Biology Graduate Student Travel Award 2018
University of Nevada, Reno Outstanding Graduating Senior in Environmental Science 2014
Aldo Leopold Foundation Land Ethic Leaders Scholarship Spring 2012
University of Massachusetts at Amherst Living Routes-Low Carbon Living Scholarship 2011
Lake of the Sky Garden Club Scholarship Tahoe City, CA 2010
Sierra College Presidents Honor Roll: Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011
Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant, Evolution University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Fall 2019-present Lead discussion groups on topics including: roles of mutation, genetic drift, gene flow and natural selection; mechanisms through which new species arise; construct and interpret phylogenies.
Teaching Assistant, Principles of Biological Investigation Lab University of Nevada, Reno Reno, NV Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 Lead laboratory instruction of undergraduates, including the use of research equipment, common investigative techniques, and the fundamentals of scientific writing.
Natural History Museum K-12 Tours & Outreach Fall 2018-Spring 2019 Lead and organized guided tours with school classes, scout troops, clubs and other groups at the University of Nevada, Reno's Natural History Museum. Tours are interactive, include hands-on science labs, and align with NV Department of Education Science Standards.
Professional Presentations: Entomological Society of America annual meeting. Vancouver, B.C. Canada November 2018 Oral presentation: Phytochemical diversity in industrial hemp: Synergies in defense against an array of natural enemies
Hitchcock Center for Chemical Ecology annual meeting Reno, NV USA December 2018 Oral presentation: Phytochemical diversity in industrial hemp: Synergies in defense against an array of natural enemies
Internships: Town Manager Intern-Recycling and Solid Waste Town of Truckee Truckee, CA August 2015-August 2016 Worked with local constituents, local governmental and private entities in stakeholder meetings on priorities for the new franchise agreement. Public outreach and education.
Community Involvement: Nevada Bugs & Butterflies Reno, NV Spring 2017-2019 Docent at NV B&B events. Outreach into local elementary school classrooms teaching students about insects.
Cooperative Extension-Master Gardener Volunteer University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources South Lake Tahoe, CA Spring 2015-currently active Facilitate and present free public workshops on high elevation, short season gardening. Assist in conducting phenology studies on local vegetable varieties. Table local events including farmer’s markets.
Truckee Demonstration Garden-Slow Food Lake Tahoe Truckee, CA Garden manager 2015 Responsible for overall management and oversight of garden including operations, volunteers, weekly newsletters, school field trips and workshops.
Sierra Club Yosemite National Park, CA June 2010 Restoration of social trails.
International Outreach: International Volunteer HQ Chiang Mai, Thailand May 2013 Worked with rural villages to improve infrastructure and taught English as a second language to elementary age children.
Sadhana Forest Tamil Nadu, India December 2011 Worked with the communities surrounding Auroville in reforestation, water conservation and creating “Children’s Land.”
Certifications: Aldo Leopold Foundations Land Ethic Leader Certification Baraboo, WI Sagehen Creek Field Station Truckee, CA
iNaturalist Citizen Science Training Sagehen Creek Field Station Truckee, CA