I am a research assistant and educator at URI's Center for Vector-Borne Disease. Currently I serve as the the project manager for the Backyard Integrated Tick Management Study (BITM), a CDC-funded study to assess the effectiveness of varying integrated tick management systems in residential settings. I am interested in public outreach and community education about tick-borne disease. Prior to joining the team I worked at Louisiana State University evaluating the health of the Mississippi Delta marsh following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition to my bachelor’s degree in biology, I have an M.S. in science education. I have classroom experience educating students of all ages, from elementary school to university undergraduate.