While pursuing my undergraduate degree at Penn State, I had
the opportunity to work as research assistant in a comparative psychology lab
studying the communicative and cognitive abilities of cotton-top tamarins. Though
my interest in animals preceded my formal experience studying animal cognition,
I quickly realized I wanted to pursue a career in comparative psychology as a
result of my wonderful experience at the tamarin lab. After graduating, I
worked as a veterinary assistant and technician at an animal hospital, which
solidified my interest in caring for and studying domestic species. I am
currently working on my Master’s degree as a psychology graduate student at
Oakland University, where I am focusing my research on the social cognition of man’s
true best friend and the most popular pet worldwide, the domestic cat.
In my spare time I enjoy taking care of my cat, nature
photography, and adventuring in the woods. I aspire to complete a thru
hike of the 2,100+ mile Appalachian Trail in the next few years!