I am an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology graduate student in Valerie McKenzie‘s lab at University of Colorado, Boulder studying the microbiome of amphibian skin. I am broadly interested in microbial ecology and evolution, host-microbiome interactions, and host health as a result of symbioses with microbes. I graduated from University of California, Davis in 2015 with a B.S. in Microbiology. During my undergraduate and for the subsequent year after graduating, I worked in Jonathan Eisen‘s lab on a variety of projects.
When I’m not thinking about the tiny organisms on amphibians, I’m doing outreach and teaching. My goal is to continue doing research in academia, while disseminating information on microbial research to the public.
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“We cannot fathom the marvelous complexity of an organic being…Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm–a little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars in heaven.” – Charles Darwin