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Researcher at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

I am a prospective graduate student in the Kawahara Lab at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I conduct research on insect diversity at the genetic, population, and community levels. Im passionate about insect education and outreach, insect conservation, and incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM.


  • 2019–present
    Molecular Lab Volunteer Coordinator, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
  • 2019–present
    Molecular Lab Manager, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity
  • 2018–2019
    Molecular Biology Lab Technician, New College of Florida
  • 2018–2019
    Conservation Genetics Teaching Assistant, New College of Florida
  • 2018–2018
    Entomology Dept. Intern, Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History


  • 2020
    “Frass in the Class”: A model for fostering interest in the natural world through insect rearing in the classroom, Pending
  • 2018
    Taxonomic revision of the assassin-fly genus Microphontes Londt, 1994 (Insecta, Diptera, Asilidae), African Invertebrates

Grants and Contracts

  • 2019
    TESI K12 Education and Outreach Grant
    Lead Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Thompson Earth Systems Institute