I am an invertebrate zoologist who traditionally works on obscure, under-studied aquatic invertebrates, such as rotifers. I received my B.S. and M.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where I focused on the functional morphology of sessile, gnesiotrochan rotifers and began preliminary investigations of using non-model rotifer species (e.g., sessile, gnesiotrochan rotifers) as bio-indicators of pollution (e.g., metals, etc.) in local aquatic systems. I am currently in my first year as a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Boston.