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I completed my bachelor's degree at Ball State University in 2009 where I worked under Dr. Melody Bernot and
Dr. Mark Pyron. I completed my PhD at Kansas State University, under the advisement of Dr. Keith Gido, in 2014. I am currently enrolled in the graduate school at Emporia State University, where I am pursuing my passion for physics and astrophysics. In
addition to my research on stream fishes on Konza Prairie, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and throughout the Midwest and Great Plains, I have
taught introductory and upper level biology and ecology courses at university level. I was awarded the National Science Foundation EIDRoP GK-12
fellowship in 2012-2013, with the goal of igniting an interest in science
for young people and teach them proper methods of scientific inquiry.
I am currently a member of the Biology faculty at Emporia State University. I am also the expert science correspondent for the Fish Nerds. I volunteer teach science at the Wonder Workshop Children's Museum on Tuesday evenings where I provide information on local fishes and give hands-on activities about all the wonders of science to kids ages 6-12. I also volunteer teach Emporia Middle School students about numerous scientific topics as part of the Beta Beta Beta Honors Biology program.
For more information on the work I'm doing, classes I teach, and all the nerdy hobbies I have, check out the links up top!