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!