University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
I am a PhD student in the University of Illinois Entomology program. I received my master's degree in 2016 through the same program, with work on chemoreceptors in flies. I am passionate about insects, and I love to share that passion outside of the scientific community! I have served as our department's outreach coordinator for two years, and have been heavily involved in public science outreach in the community. As of this summer, I will have worked two summers at our local pollinator museum, helping to expand their outreach programs and acting as a weekend docent. I also participate every year in our department's primary outreach program, the Insect Fear Film Festival, in which we have thousands of attendees annually to watch arthropod-related movies and short films, pet and handle insects, participate in insect themed art contests, and more.