I am a first year PhD student in the Lamberti Lab. Prior to attending University of Notre Dame, I completed my undergraduate education at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio), where I earned a degree in Biological Scences with a concentration in Environmental Studies.
At Kenyon College, my interest in ecology was fueled by an independent research project focused on the possible impacts of climate change on the ecology, reproductive viability, and genetic signaling in the freshwater minnow the Redside dace (Clinostomus elongatus). This minnow species is listed as endangered in Ontario, and my work was a part of a greater effort to develop and implement a captive breeding program for this minnow species through the University of Windsor, Canada.
After graduating from Kenyon College in 2012, I joined the Cleveland Metroparks as a Seasonal Aquatic Research Technician, where I assisted with freshwater fish population and headwater stream assessments in the Greater Cleveland area.
At Notre Dame, I am particularly interested in studying how broad anthropogenic changes impact freshwater biodiversity and developing restoration strategies to mitigate these changes.