I completed my BS degree in Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity from UC Davis where I worked simultaneously as a necropsy diener at the UCD Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. I then moved on to get my MS degree from San Francisco State University in Ecology and Systematics. There, I sequenced and compiled maximum likelihood and Bayesian trees on feather mites (genus Proctophyllodes). I also compiled some cospeciation data on the feather mites and their Passerine hosts. My thesis was entitled: A molecular study of selected groups of the feather mite genus Proctophyllodes (Acari: Astigmata)
After finishing my Masters degree I joined on a project in Dr Foley's lab identifying endemic bacterial species living on frog skin in an attempt to examine the interactions the bacteria may have with one another in preventing colonization by Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. While here, I also volunteered at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California rehabilitating sick or wounded harbor seal infants.
Currently, I am working on a joint project between the US Forest Service and UC Davis, recording plant regeneration and species richness in burned areas of the Tahoe National Forest. Sites include the Pendola, Plumas, Bassetts and Ralston fires.
Despite the variety of ecology work I have done, pathology and medicine is my passion and I am currently exploring options in what to focus on for my doctoral thesis. I am happy to be continuing my education as a PhD student in Comparative Pathology in Dr Foley's lab.