I am a PhD Candidate in primatology at the CUNY Graduate Center and part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). My PhD dissertation research is on ruffed lemur vocal communication and how acoustic technology can be used as a monitoring tool for conservation of this Critically Endangered species (and other sympatric lemur species). I conduct this research in the southeastern rainforest corridor of Madagascar. I am lucky to work with amazing local collaborators, such as Centre ValBio Research Station, Ranomafana National Park staff, MICET, and guides from the local villages that live in and around the forests.
Prior to the PhD, I received a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University and a MS in Primate Behavior from Central Washington University. My master's thesis was conducted at the Duke Lemur Center (Durham, North Carolina) and used an experimental paradigm to study social learning comparatively across 7 different lemur species.
I am also a doctoral fellow in the CUNY Graduate Center's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, where I plan and develop STEM-specific workshops, alumni panels, and career resources for GC students in the sciences.