ABOUT ME

I am an entomologist, lab manager, and a mother of two, who is currently working at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research with Dr. Stefanie Kroll. 

I studied freshwater ecology for my Bachelors of Science degree at West Chester University. In 2009, I received my Master's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. My Capstone looked at DNA barcoding and Macroinvertebrate sampling to assess water quality in fresh water streams. 

I am an active member of my community, utilizing STEM outreach activities to bring my love of insects to under-resourced children in the greater Philadelphia area with my 500 Women Scientists Philly Pod.

I was a member of the National Leadership Board of 500 Women Scientists from 2017 to 2020, where I help to organize over 300 global Pods. 

My husband and partner of over 20 years, Tim James, is the owner and operator of the Langhorne Coffee House

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Aquatic Macroinvertebrates

How do insects help us understand water quality?

2006-2009

University of Pennsylvania

Masters Degree in Environmental Studies

Capstone:  Combining DNA Barcoding and Macroinvertebrate Sampling to Assess Water Quality

BioBlitzes & Moth Nights

I have participated and organized over 10 events focused on cataloging insects

2000 - 2003

West Chester University

Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology

Focus on aquatic ecosystems and ecology