After earning a BS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California at Santa Cruz, I worked as a field biologist before joining the DeNardo lab at ASU. My dissertation focused on how dehydration affects physiological function in reptiles, mainly the Gila monster. During the final two years of my doctorate, I also worked with the Provost's Office as a Senior Educational Outreach Specialist managing two ASU websites: Ask A Biologist and Ask An Expert. I then spent a year as a Postdoctoral Scholar for ASU's new Center for Evolution Medicine, where I worked on improving educational resources for the classroom and the public that focus on evolution and evolutionary medicine. Now I am back at Ask A Biologist as an Executive Educational Outreach Coordinator.
As an outreach specialist and science communicator, I am interested in ways to increase public involvement in science education, in improving the ways scientists communicate with the general public, and in the psychological factors that influence people's concern for the environment.
As an ecological physiologist, I am interested in factors that affect the survival of animals in extreme environments. In particular, I research how survival strategies vary with life stage and how animal condition affects important physiological functions like immunity and stress responses.