About me

Welcome to my website, and thanks for stopping by!

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I was lucky enough to grow up in a small coastal town in Southern California where I got to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the natural beauty of my hometown and learning everything I possibly could about animals (thanks to over 10 years of involvement with my local 4-H club). I’ve been studying life for as long as I can remember, so it’s no surprise that in college, I majored in ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology at UCLA. During the final term of my undergraduate career, I had the amazing opportunity to do some fieldwork (under the expert tutelage of Drs. Cheryl Ann and Richard Zimmer, Dr. Malcolm Gordon, and Dr. Donald Buth) at the Bodega Marine Lab. During my tenure at BML, I spent my days along the gorgeous cliffy coasts of Northern California studying stickleback feeding behavior, the habitat preferences of gobies, and the intertidal community structure of sand crabs. I actually did science, and I was hooked (pun intended). It was during the UCLA Marine Biology Field Quarter that I decided I wanted to learn all I possibly can about marine biology, and specifically fishes. So, I applied to graduate school and decided to attend the University of Chicago for my PhD. I’ve had the privilege of studying the evolution and functional morphology of feeding behavior in coral reef fishes the past several years with Dr. Mark Westneat in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Pritzker DNA Lab, the Academia Sinica’s Biodiversity Research Center, and in beautiful coral reefs all over the world.

Here, you’ll find information about my current and past research, outreach activities, teaching experience, and fieldwork. Click around, enjoy, and feel free to ask me any questions by e-mailing me, sending me a tweet, or leaving me a comment on my blog!