When I’m not out in the woods flipping rocks and logs for herps I spend most of my free time kayaking, traveling, and photographing wildlife. Until high school, I spent the majority of my early childhood in South America where I picked up Spanish as a second language. I moved to North Carolina where I attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke for four years and received my B.S in Environmental Science. Following that, I lived in Clarksville, Tennessee for three years where I finished my master’s degree in Biology from Austin Peay State University. I am currently teaching at a title 1 school in downtown Memphis, Tennessee and am seeking further research opportunities in questions relating to physiological ecology, wildlife responses to disturbance, and parasites and host performance.