I earned my PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, where I looked at the phenotypic plasticity of stress response in Arabidopsis thaliana and how we could use that information to improve our efforts in restoring urban ecosystems.
At Rutgers, I taught biology and genetics laboratories, as well as genetics and ecology recitations. I also worked with the Center for Urban Restoration Ecology (CURE) writing educational materials for Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ.
Before graduate school, I taught high school biology at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ and 9th and 10th grade science at Chanel College in Moamoa, Samoa as a Peace Corps volunteer. I attended the George Washington University for my undergraduate degree (BS in Environmental Studies).
I am married and have 3 young boys. We like to go on hikes, climb rocks, and explore. I also enjoy photography, jewelry making and yoga.
Photo Credit: Anthony Lapinski