I am an entomologist and a mother of two, who is currently working as the Section Lead at the Academy of Natural Sciences in the Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lab at the Patrick Center for Environmental Research.
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 freshwater 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 helped to organize over 300 global Pods.
How do insects help us understand water quality?
University of Pennsylvania
Masters Degree in Environmental Studies
BioBlitzes & Moth Nights
I have participated and organized over 15 events focused on cataloging insects
2000 - 2003
West Chester University
Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology
Focus on aquatic ecosystems and ecology
Using tissue and eDNA to assess insect communities