I am an undergraduate student at SHSU, and currently pursuing a degree in biology with a minor in criminal justice. I have been doing research with Dr. Bucheli and Dr. Lynne for about 5 years
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a scientist, but I became interested in this research when I first met Dr. Bucheli and her graduate students during my freshman year. There I learned more about the important role insects play in forensic investigations, and became especially interested in coffin flies (Diptera: Phoridae).
My favorite thing about this project is that it will allow us to test how the microecosystem of decomposition is affected by enclosure, and what, if any, differences exist between enclosed and exposed dipteran succession. My future goals are to continue researching different forensically significant flies, and to further our understanding of the part that the smaller, often overlooked fly species have on human decomposition.