2012 - present: M.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics - University of Missouri St. Louis
2005 - 2011: B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry - University of Missouri St. Louis
For my Masters thesis I am working on the American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus Olivier) in collaboration with the St. Louis Zoo mainly focusing on conservation and population genetics. I will assess the genetic diversity among the few naturally occurring North American populations and within the captured Saint Louis Zoo population. Results from this project will be used to influence conservation practices for this species.
As an undergraduate at UMSL I used microscopy to perform white blood cell (WBC) ratios and differentials by looking at blood smears of the Brown-crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus tyrannulus). We were interested in finding out if these ratios were in any way indicative of an immune response due to ecto- and blood parasite infections.