As an undergraduate, I studied at Iowa State University where I earned a B.Sc. in Geology and a B.Sc. in Biology. I had the unique opportunity to find my way into Paleontology research despite not having faculty studying my area of interest at my University, giving me a broad base in research methods in both the geosciences and biology.

After serving in the Peace Corps in Tanzania and continuing my service through non-profit work as I readjusted to life in America, I returned to school, where I am pursuing my Master’s under Drs. Shuhai Xiao and Sterling Nesbitt.

My current research is a geochemical analysis of reported blood cells in a therizinosaurid dinosaur. In the future, I hope to take my experiences from this project and move into early amphibian research, examining the origins of tetrapods on land.