Welcome. I am a Ph.D. candidate in Entomology in the Deans Lab at Penn State University. My projects focus on the interplay of diversity, morphology, and biology of Odonata, commonly known as the dragonflies and damselflies. While my main research focuses are in insect biodiversity and systematics, I am also interested in ethical questions in basic and applied entomology. My passions lie at the intersection of natural history, sustainability, collections, and public engagement.
I am the President of the Penn State University Community Garden, which has 96 plots for community and student use in University Park. We also have programming and workdays about a wide range of topics, from organic gardening to fermented foods. If you are interested in becoming a member of the garden, you can apply here. I have also been appointed to the Student Sustainability Advisory Council for 2019-2020 by the President at Penn State.
In my free time, you can find me long distance running, practicing yoga, and baking. I am very fortunate that my life as a graduate student enables me to see the world, visit museums, be outside, and share some beautiful natural history in the process.