About Me

EDUCATION:

Ph.D Candidate Ecology and Evolution | University of Illinois at Chicago

B.S Environmental Science | DePaul University

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:

2015- current Graduate Researcher, Wise Lab | University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Taxonomic identification of microarthropods (mites, Collembola, pseudoscorpions, etc.) along a microbial resource gradient.
  • DNA extraction of soil samples followed by amplicon sequencing, targeting fungal and bacterial groups.

2014 Research Assistant, Henghans Lab | DePaul University

  • Under the advisory of Dr. Liam Heneghan studied soil mites distribution in urban habitats in Chicago.
  • Focused research on the abundance and distribution of the soil mite Oppiella nova.
  • Performed Kerosene mite extractions, in lab mite identification, and slide mounting.

2013 NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates | University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras

  • Competitive National Science Foundation sponsored research program.
  • Surveyed native and non-native ornamentals and shrubs in Puerto Rico.
  • Researched the distribution of a known economically hazardous mite Brevipalpus.
  • Performed on site mite extraction, in lab mite identification, slide mounting, and proposal writing.

2012 CIRRUS (Chicago Initiative for Research and Recruitment in Undergraduate Science)  | DePaul University

  • Competitive undergraduate research program at DePaul University.
  • Researched phosphorus levels in the soil of Prairie Wolf Slough, a wetland in the Greater Chicago area.
  • Performed Soluble Reactive Phosphorus test, Particle Size Analysis test, and Total Phosphorus test to analyze soil quality.

TEACHING

2016- current BIOS 221 Genetics laboratory TA | University of Illinois at Chicago

TRAINING

2014 Molecular Analysis of Trophic Interactions | University of Innsbruck, Austria

2014 Acarology Summer Program  | Ohio University

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