I was born in Ohio, but I adopted Pittsburgh as my hometown after attending high school and college in western Pennsylvania. I received my BS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pittsburgh in 2011. After taking a class in ornithology, I became fascinated with birds. This led me to join a number of projects studying behavioral ecology, endocrinology, and disease transmission in wild birds. I am making a slight transition at CSU from feathers to fur in order to study disease dynamics and evolution in bats with Colleen Webb.