(Or, for a bit of a twist on the academic norms, see my anti-CV.)
PhD: Dual PhD in Integrative Biology & Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior
Fall 2018 – current
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Advisors: Emily Dolson & Elise Zipkin
Certificate in Teaching College Science & Mathematics
Spring 2019 – current
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
BS, with honors: Dual Degree in Biology & Applied Mathematics
Fall 2014 - Spring 2018
The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Thesis: An exploration of the morphospace occupation of cypriniform pharyngeal jaws
Publications & Presentations
Grants & Fellowships
MSU Graduate Leadership Fellowship ($1,000), MSU Graduate School (2020-2021)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ($102,000), National Science Foundation (2018-2023)
BEACON Top-Up Fellowship ($20,000), BEACON Center for the Study fo Evolution in Action (2018-2023)
College of Natural Science Recruiting Fellowship ($28,500), MSU College of Natural Sciences (2018-2019)
Wilbur V. Harlan Research Fellowship ($6,000), George Washington University Department of Biology (2017)
Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($6,000), George Washington University (2016)
Honors & Awards
George Washington University Research Days, 2nd Place (2018)
Undergraduate Posters — Evolutionary & Developmental Biology Division, Group A
Honors & monetary award given to top two posters in each division/group
Guest Lecturer: International Summer School, Kempten University of Applied Sciences (Summer 2019)
Designed and taught eight modules on basics of the R language, including variables, data structures, ojbectoriented programming, and basic statistics in R at the Kempten University of Applied Sciences International Summer School. The two-week course was attended by 14 students from 8 countries.
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Human Biology Capstone (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)
Facilitated discussion and gave extensive feedback on writing assignments for 50 students each semester in their senior capstone course. Writing topics for students included academic book reviews and mock grant proposals. Assisted in lesson design including suggestions for assigned readings and supplementary work.
Other Teaching Development
Teaching College Science — Coursework (Spring 2019)
Course offered at the graduate level covering the cognitive science of teaching and backwards lesson design. Developed a new syllabus for an active learning centered undergraduate physics curriculum.
Pedagogy for Learning Assistants — Course Co-Developer (Fall 2017, Spring 2018)
Assisted lead instructor Dr. Tiffany-Rose Sikorski in developing course structure and final project design for class to train all undergraduate learning assistants in STEM at GWU.
GWU Teaching Days — Co-Organizer (2017)
Title: How to Improve In-class Activities with Undergraduate Learning Assistants
Co-organizer and I were the only undergraduate presenters at this faculty-centered workshop.
BEACON Luminaries (2020-current) Mentor for BEACON Luminaries, a program which pays undergraduate students at the BEACON Center to conduct independent research. Provided one-on-one mentorship to undergraduate student Sarah Albani on a project relating to evolution of associative learning. Sarah was first and presenting author on a presentation at BEACON Congress, the annual confernece on work completed at BEACON. Work still in progress.
WAVES (Workshop for Avida-ED Software Development (2020) Mentor for WAVES, a ten-week summer paid internship to develop educational tools and software. Provided one-on-one mentorship for undergraduate student Maria Berry on a pedagogical case study surrounding participant experiences with stress and societal turmoil during a virtual internship project.
SciWri: A Science Writing Workshop (2020)
Led and organized an interactive science writing workshop at the 2020 BEACON Congress. Participants examined their own writing through the lens of “The Science of Scientific Writing” (Gopen & Swan, 1990) and worked together to apply the given writing techniques through editing and revision. Participants of all career stages (undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, and faculty) were in attendance.
ALIFE 2020: Emerging Researchers in Artificial Life (2020) Along with Alexander Lalejini, Austin Ferguson, and Daniel Junghans. Moderated and organized ALIFE 2020 workshop for Emerging Researchers in Artificial Life (ERA), the student and postdoc group for the International Society for Artificial Life. Workshop included lightning talks, roundtable discussion of equity issues in Artificial Life, and socializing.
Service & Outreach
Graduate Leadership Fellow - College of Natural Science (2020-2021) One of two Graduate Leadership Fellows for the College of Natural Science at Michigan State university. Attended meetings with administration to give graduate input. Completed yearlong project focused on improving the experience of graduate students in the university. My focus was on making graduate admissions more equitable and accessible.
EEB Graduate Group — Symposium Co-Chair (2020-2021) Symposium co-chair for the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Graduate Group (EGG). Along with co-organizer, recruited and organized EEB members to present their recent research in a virtual conference format.
LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in ALife — Breakout Discussion Group Leader (2019)
Proposed and moderated a breakout session at the 2019 Conference on Artificial Life regarding inclusivity of LGBTQ+ individuals in the field. Topics included visibility in science, how to build community amongst queer artificial life researchers, and how to make future conferences more inclusive and accessible.
Emerging Researchers in Artifical Life — General Chair (2019-2020)
General chair for the International Society for Artificial Life student and postdocs group. Coordinated activities for the student group and facilitated student group work.
EEBB Graduate Group — Social Media Manager (2019-2020)
Social media manager for Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Graduate Group (EGG). Maintained twitter & web presence.
Graduate Employees Union — Vice President of Organizing and Outreach (2019-2020)
Executive Board member for the Graduate Employees Union at Michigan State University representing over 1,200 graduate teaching assistants. Engaged in anti-oppression work to challenge institutions of power and privilege within both the university and the union.
Graduate Employees Union — Pedagogy Committee (2018-2019)
Active member of the Pedagogy Committee for the Graduate Employee Union at Michigan State University. Lead negotiations to introduce a lab safety clause into the graduate employee contract.