Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Snowbird UT – July 2019 Title: “A comparative analysis of lingual prey capture in iguanian squamates and the blue tongued skink, Tiliqua scincoides”
UConn Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Student Symposium – February 2019 Title: “Convergent evolution of tongue feeding in squamates: morphology, kinematics, and phylogenetics” SICB Division of Vertebrate Morphology Northeast Regional Conference, Brown University – October 2018 Title: “How Do Complex Phenotypes Evolve? The Independent Reacquisition of Lingual Prey Capture in Three Lineages of Jaw-Feeding Lizards”
B.S. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, minor in wildlife conservation University of Connecticut September 2014 to December 2017
Master's student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Connecticut - Schwenk Lab September 2018 to Present
Member of Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society – Spring 2018 Graduated Magna Cum Laude from UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences University of Connecticut Babbidge Scholar – Fall 2017 New England Scholar – Spring 2017 Member of National Society of Leadership and Success – Spring 2017 Member of National Society of Collegiate Scholars – Fall 2015 Member of National Honors Society Alpha Lambda Delta – Spring 2015 Dean’s List – UConn College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017
Research & Field Experience
Data collection for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Doctoral student Eliza Grames at the University of Connecticut. Created a protocol for assigning ID numbers to cover over 400 invertebrate specimens, as well as for identification to the most exclusive taxonomic level possible. Wrote code in R to relate specimen data (weight, taxonomic level, ID) to habitat patches and GPS coordinates, in order to examine relationships between patch use and available prey biomass.
African Field Ecology course at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy, Limpopo Province, S. Africa. Learned about the ecology of the region, management and conservation issues that are of concern, and how to conduct track and sign. In-situ observation and keeping methodical notes on animal behavior and interaction were stressed. Cataloging specimens for the University of Connecticut Biological Diversity Research Collections and assisting in the creation of the “Carl W. and Marian E. Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection” exhibit. Cataloged hundreds of army ant specimens and transferred all specimens into updated vials. Repacking of specimens involved sifting through thousands of ants in order to find mites that were attached to ants. Also responsible for cross-referencing vial labels with over 1,300 available field notecards to ensure label accuracy, as well as entering label data into comprehensive database. All work contributed to the current exhibit on display at the University of Connecticut, which was created in conjunction with the Connecticut Natural History Museum.
Data collection for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Doctoral student Annette Evans at the University of Connecticut. Caught and photographed dozens of salamanders in order to assess morphological features, primarily coloration.
Guest Presenter, Marshwood Middle School, Eliot ME - Fall 2019 UConn EEB Outreach Committee – Fall 2019
Guest Presenter, The Connecticut Science Museum Women in Science Program, Hartford CT – Summer 2019
Guest Presenter, The Children’s Museum, West Hartford CT – Summer 2019 Tutor for UConn Women in Math, Science, and Engineering Learning Community – Spring 2019 to Present
UConn Connects Mentor - Fall 2018 to Present
BioBlitz Participant– September 2017
Ecology Intern at the Highstead Foundation. Assisted senior ecologist in creating a wildlife monitoring manual for public use. Other duties included outreach and workshop creation for a citizen science long-term forest monitoring program.
Intern at Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Mammalogy and Herpetology Collections. Responsibilities include caring for osteological collections, ensuring continuity in nomenclature throughout the collections and digitizing relevant specimen information. Conducted a pilot study to assess the effects of tanning on the integrity of caribou study skins.
Animal Care Internship at Franklin Park Zoo, Boston, MA. Animal care intern in the “Hooves & Horns” department of the Franklin Park Zoo. The Hooves & Horns department cares for the large, charismatic animals such as lions, tigers, zebra, camels, ostrich, bongos and warthogs (among others). Responsibilities include food and exhibit preparation. Also, emphasis was placed on communicating the zoo’s conservation goals and initiatives to the public. A pilot study to design and assess the efficacy of a pest-proof feeder for Siberian crane was completed.
Ecology and Property Management Internship Massachusetts Audubon Society Wildlife Sanctuary in Belmont. Responsibilities included taking wildlife population data, as well as managing a herd of goats used for invasive plant management.