I am a PhD student in the Becker lab at the University of Alabama, Department of Biology.
I am originally from Greer, South Carolina, where I began my undergraduate degree in Biology at North Greenville University in 2011. While completing this degree I conducted research for 2 years on salamander populations in the vicinity of the University.
After finishing my undergraduate degree in 2015, I went on to Texas A&M University for my Master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences where I studied freshwater turtle parasites. For that project I collected turtles across the state of Texas and analyzed community composition of their internal and external parasites.
I completed my Master’s in 2018 and began my PhD at the University of Alabama. Here I am studying the factors influencing amphibian chytrid fungus (Bd) infection in frogs and how diversity at multiple scales influences disease dynamics. After completion of my PhD I would like to continue with a career in academia and teach at an institution that allows me to continue research on the relationships between diversity and wildlife disease.