Ph.D. Student


NikkiI plan to use birds as a model to understand the relationship between the evolution of sexual selection - behavior - and genetics, especially during the Anthropocene. The Boulder Chickadee Study will allow me to analyze this three-way relationship in a hybrid zone study system and is a great balance between field work and laboratory work. I was adopted from South Korea and raised in Amelia, Ohio, eventually commuting from here to the University of Cincinnati where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 2020. During and after my college degree I gained experience in animal outreach education with my local aquarium, biomechanics in a snake lab, bird-of-prey rehabilitation, small animal veterinary work as an assistant, and retail management at a local pay-lake. I’m interested in art history, literature, Squishmallows, human rights, Nintendo video games, and music.