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About Me

Growing up in the small town in Venice, Louisiana, I spent most days wondering around our local bayou, fishing, and catching any animal I could get my hands on. Post-Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I moved to a city right outside of New Orleans where I finished my education and decided to attend Louisiana State University for my bachelor's degree in biology. At LSU, I participated in many different studies in a variety of labs, starting with fish morphology and ending in disease ecology. I decided I was not destined for any work that took me away from research, as I have too many questions about nature.  Once I completed my degree, I decided to pursue my master's at the University of Puerto Rico- Río Piedras under Dr. Miguel Acevedo. Here, I study host-pathogen relationships, and how this can be important for communities. Right now, we are also assessing Hurricane Maria's impact on the prevalence of the Plasmodium in its anole hosts, and whether the impact of the parasite on the host, Anolis gundlachi, has changed. I love living my childhood dream of catching lizards in the forest, and post-graduation I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in disease ecology and evolution, focusing on host-pathogen relationships, and their importance in theoretical disease work and natural systems. If you need to know more, please download my CV or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!

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