Spending summers as a sailing instructor on an island day camp, I discovered my two driving passions: biology and sailing. At Clark, and specifically with my work in the Foster/Baker stickleback lab, I hope to combine those two passions into a career as a biology professor. I became involved in the lab in the fall of 2011 after taking Dr. Foster’s Evolution course in order to gain practical laboratory experience working with evolutionary theories and concepts.
Over the summer of 2012, I traveled to the 49th Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society in Albuquerque and presented a poster on increasing body size, potentially due to increasing lake productivity, in British Columbian populations of stickleback. Later that summer, I worked on a project collecting data on female life history traits in the British Columbian populations. This fall I have continued data collection and analyses for this project, specifically examining female body size, egg size, and clutch number. The ultimate goal of this project is to both better describe British Columbian populations of stickleback, and also draw a comparison to the patterns already found in the life histories of Alaskan populations.
When not in the lab, you can often find me lifeguarding at the local YMCA, or writing.
National Science Foundation Travel Award, Summer 2012
Clark University Bickman Summer Science Research Internships, 2012