After college I worked as a zookeeper, in mammalian and cellular toxicology labs, at a fisheries consulting firm, and in academic research labs. I began graduate school studying environmental toxicology. My doctoral thesis dealt with immune function in hibernating ground squirrels. As a graduate student at the University of Colorado, I taught labs and occasional lectures in comparative and human physiology and human anatomy. While a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Rochester Medical Center in, I taught human biology at Monroe Community College. I have been at Stonehill College since 2004.
I am interested in the effects of environmental stressors, whether natural or man-made, on the physiological processes of animals. I am particularly interested in changes in immune function that either adversely affect organisms or that allow them to avoid disease in the face of environmental challenges. Students in my lab will learn a variety of laboratory techniques to evaluate immune function, primarily in amphibians. Anyone with an interest in the interaction of the environment with an animal's physiology is invited to come and discuss research possibilities. I encourage a healthy balance between laboratory and field studies.
- B.S. Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin
- Ph.D. Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, University of Colorado
- Vertebrate Physiology
- Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy