Promoting young people in STEM

I have been fortunate to have some really wonderful female mentors including an undergraduate professor at Kenyon College, Dr. Siobhan Fennessy and a supervisor, Dr. Haldre Rogers. As a result, a growing passion of mine is mentoring and encouraging other women in science. Currently, I mentor a undergraduate student in studying how we can use social media to inform conservation in a declining species. Additionally, I have mentored three undergraduate students in researching sleep in Nazca boobies.  When mentoring students, we meet weekly to discuss scientific papers and work together to develop scientific questions, testable hypotheses, and statistical analyses.

Leading an all-lady crew on Seal Island NWR


Recent outreach in the community

With my Bio 101 students, I assisted with Dr. Gloria Muday’s (Wake Forest University) genetics outreach project at local middle schools throughout Winston-Salem, NC. We taught lesson plans on plant traits, Mendelian genetics, and genetic modification. Recently, I was a Guest Lecturer in a Women in Science class at Pfeiffer University, talking to students about possible careers in biology and sharing my research on foraging behavior in Nazca boobies.



Lecturing at Pfeiffer University


Working with undergraduate students

As a graduate student, I have had teaching opportunities in several forms. I helped teach Behavioral Ecology at the University of Michigan Biological Station, where I guided students in independent research testing if ant lion behavior has a circadian rhythm. At Wake Forest University, I taught the Bio 114: Comparative Physiology Lab and the Bio 101: Biology and the Human Condition Lab to primarily freshmen and sophomores. I had my students read, evaluate, and discuss primary literature in class, engaging them across science disciplines. The majority of students wrote lab reports for the first time and I strove to have them demonstrate knowledge of the scientific methods and improved writing skills in each report.

                Teaching genetics at local middle-schools