Welcome! I am redoing my website so that I can more easily share my work. More details and content will be added as I conclude ongoing projects and move further into my research career. Please connect with me if you have any questions!
My research focuses on interspecific interactions, namely mutualistic symbioses.
I create art and illustration that draw heavily on my scientific background.
I am currently researching coevolutionary relationships between fungus-gardening ants and their fungal cultivars.
My previous research involved mutualistic interactions between Medicago truncatula and rhizobia. I also studied another legume, Chamaecrista fasciculata, and its interactions with two mutualistic partners: ants and rhizobia. Most recently, I conducted my Masters research on host-symbiont specificity between Trachymyrmex fungus-gardening ants and their fungi.
I am interested in using a variety of techniques, from molecular biology to phylogenetics, to understand the coordination of interspecific relationships.
My skills in biology and technology are the main tools I utilize to explore themes of contemporary bioart.
I use my illustrations for scientific communication.
I earned my BS in Evolution and Ecology and my BA in Art (2017), and I completed my MS in Biology in 2020. I am currently working as a Research Associate at the University of Texas at Tyler and writing manuscripts on my MS research for publication.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about my work, illustration commissions, or collaboration opportunities.