I began volunteering in the Foster/Baker lab during my sophomore year. I have always had a passion for helping animals and the environment, and even when I was young, I found myself wondering why different animals behaved or evolved certain ways. When I discovered that I had the opportunity to get involved with research in the lab, I was excited to learn more about how life systems work.
Last year I did research on life history traits and specifically on how genetics affect egg size of threespine stickleback. This year, I am continuing to research life history traits across Alaskan stickleback populations. In the future, I plan on exploring how parasites in threespine stickleback can interfere with growth and life.
I hope to continue on to veterinary school when I graduate from Clark. My dream as a child was to become a veterinarian, and I cannot wait to make that dream a reality. I want to help owners by helping their animals. I strongly believe that pets and animals have a healing power on people.
Outside of the lab:
In my free time I love playing with my hedgehog, Penny. I also volunteer at Tufts at Tech, a low-cost veterinary clinic in Worcester. I am part of Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoy spending time with my little “sister”! I serve as the public outreach person in the Respecting Animal Welfare and Rights group at Clark. I love spending time outdoors, going horseback riding, and hiking with my dogs.