I am fascinated by the impact of environmental changes and vector-borne diseases. As an undergraduate at the University of Rochester, I first studied entomology at the University of Adelaide in Australia, as part of earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies. I then moved to New Orleans and completed a MSPH in Parasitology from Tulane University, School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine and later began pursuing a PhD. I have also worked as an infectious disease epidemiologist at the Louisiana Office of Public Health, Laboratory Coordinator for Dr. Dawn Wesson and Mosquito Control Supervisor at the New Orleans Mosquito & Termite Control Board. These positions have allowed me to work in the field, lab and office and see the impact of arboviruses from the environmental, vector and human perspective. I would like to continue to better understand the impact of these diseases in the Southeastern United States.