I grew up in San Diego and received my BS in physiology and neuroscience at UC San Diego. I was exposed to the amazing diversity and awesome life histories of insects while studying abroad in Monte Verde, Costa Rica. When I returned I joined the Nieh lab and studied glandular function and behavior in bumble bees.
I am now a PhD student in Penn State’s Entomology department. My research focuses on the systematics and morphology of Ceraphronoidea, with a focus on the genus Dendrocerus. I am also very interested in using new imaging techniques and 3D models, like the one below, to explore morphology.