About me

I am a PhD candidate and science communicator at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis.

I joined the Ricklefs lab in 2014 with a background in avian ecology and disease, and I’m especially interested in the interactions between disease ecology and conservation biology. I’m currently studying the structuring of malaria parasite assemblages and host/parasite interactions in neotropical birds of Gamboa, Panama. I’ve received generous support for my research from both the Harris World Ecology Center and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. 

Outside of my research, I’m a producer for The Story Collider, a science storytelling event and podcast. I’m also a Science and Society contributor for The Common Reader, and the founder of Science Distilled, a bi-monthly science happy hour in St. Louis.

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