I am currently pursuing my PhD in biology at the University of Nevada, Reno within the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology program. My research focuses on patterns of interaction diversity across climatic, latitudinal, and disturbance gradients at various scales of interaction networks among caterpillars, their host-plants and parasitoids. I received my undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of California, Irvine then my California teaching credential at Cal State Long Beach. From 2009-2015 I taught high school biology and physics in Southern California. I participated as an Earthwatch volunteer in 2010 for a project in Ecuador called "Caterpillars and Climate Change". That program happened to be one of Dr. Lee Dyer's projects and inspired me to continue my education and become a graduate student. Now I have the joy of exploring questions related to earth's biodiversity and leading citizen science teams as a part of a collaboration with Earthwatch Institute . These opportunities have enabled me to do what I love the most: learn and teach the lessons of Mother Nature. On my free time, I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, traveling and being merry with family and friends.