My main research interests are how infectious diseases interact with and change hosts' physiology and investigating tactics that can limit human contact with species that carry zoonotic diseases while conserving and preserving their habitats. I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BS in biology and minors in chemistry and environmental policy. My undergraduate research focused on antibiotic resistance in deer mice, the bioremediative properties of tree oyster mushrooms, and organic synthesis of an anti-leishmanial compound derivative. I started out at the Johnson lab as a parasitology research technician and I am now a REPS candidate and the lead parasitology research technician, where I am investigating the relationship of definitive hosts in transmission of trematodes, such as Ribeiroia ondatrae. I am also assisting in other laboratory projects including investigating the relationship of R. ondatrae and developmental proteins in causing malformations in amphibians, and the differences in habitat selection in hosts between R. ondatrae, Cephalogonimus americanus, Echinostoma spp., and Alaria marcianae. My goal is to continue my education in a Physician's Assistant Program and continue my research career in topics related to human physiology and zoonotic diseases.
When I am not obsessing over science, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, snowboarding, traveling, and listening to music and podcasts.