I am currently working on my M.S. at WIU with an anticipated graduation of December 2016. My thesis research is focused on gene expression in chronic wasting disease (CWD) infected white-tailed deer. I am also evaluating post-mortem RNA degradation in white-tailed deer to develop a time-line for the purpose of next generation sequencing. Previously, I worked as a fisheries technician for the Illinois Natural History Survey conducting sampling for the Long-term Resource Monitoring Program (LTRMP), aiding in diet studies, vegetation sampling, and examining Asian carp fecundity in the Illinois River. I have also participated in small mammal trapping, duck banding, mice immunizations and necropsies, radio collaring and tracking bobcats.
Western Illinois University, B.S. Biology with an emphasis in Zoology, 2013