Biography

I've always had an interest in science, specifically biology and animal behavior. I received my Master's degree in the lab of Dr. Carol Miles at Binghamton University studying the muscle physiology of a treehopper insect, Umbonia crassicornis. I discovered three pairs of muscles in the male's thoracic-abdominal junction which allow him to vibrate his abdomen in order to communicate. I've also worked in the education department of the Binghamton Zoo in NY putting on conservation presentations with small mammals and reptiles.

I'm originally from Syracuse, NY but love living in the New England area. I enjoy playing sports and being outdoors camping and hiking. And I'm really glad I have the opportunity to be teaching labs here at Stonehill.

I'm currently developing my manuscript to publish my research in the Journal of Insect Physiology. I've presented my work at the Binghamton University Symposium in January 2008. My research was presented by my advisor at the Invertebrate Sound and Vibration Conference in Missouri, June 2011.

Education

  • B.S., 2007, Biology, Stonehill College
  • M.S., 2009, Biology, Binghamton University