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Preferred Pronouns

She/her/hers

Undergraduate Institution

The University of Arizona

Organization

The University of Texas at Austin

Position

Graduate student

Current Location

Liberty Hill, Texas

Hometown

Tucson, Arizona

Personal Interests

  • Bullet journaling
  • Environmental justice | Racial equity | Social Change | Leadership Development
  • Reading
  • tiny home living
  • minimizing
  • and organizing.

Professional Interests

  • Conservation
  • Energy and Climate
  • Public Health
  • Wildlife, Ornithology, Endangered or Threatened Species

Strengths

  • Connectedness
  • Individualization
  • Input
  • Learner
  • Restorative

I am from Southern Arizona. My bachelor’s degree was completed at the University of Arizona in Wildlife Conservation and Management with a minor in Veterinary Science. As an undergrad, I participated in two research programs. The Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) and the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP). My undergraduate research involved the use of fecal glucocorticoids to study stress levels in response to forage quality in Sonoran pronghorn. Currently, I am going into my second year as a PhD student in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (EEB) program at the University of Texas at Austin. My interests are in disease ecology and epidemiology of infectious disease in both humans and wildlife. I am specifically interested in how anthropocentric activities influence zoonotic disease dynamics. My current research is on investigating the impacts of urbanization on zoonotic disease transmission, specifically the spread of Murine typhus in Texas by opossums, feral cats, and their associated fleas.