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, collections, and public engagement.
In that vein, that I am heavily involved in are being the Penn State Entomology Outreach & Programs Coordinator. If you are interested in having Penn State Entomology graduate students lead a program for your organization or school or taking a tour of the Frost Entomological Museum, you can request outreach here. This has enabled me to reach hundreds of people in the Central Pennsylvania area about the wild world of insects.
I am also 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.
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, be outside, and share some beautiful natural history in the process.