I obtained my bachelors degree in biology from Kalamazoo College, a liberal arts school with a strong emphasis on teaching. As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Kenya, where I conducted research for my senior thesis under the guidance of Joel Brown. Following graduation, I spent 3 years working as a field biologist throughout North America. This experience helped me refine my research interests (…and allowed me to live in a lot of amazing places!). I completed my PhD at Purdue University under the joint supervision of Jeffrey Lucas and Nadja Wielebnowski (project website). My husband and I then moved to Australia, where I spent several years working as a research associate for Macquarie University and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. I am currently a post-doctoral research associate at Deakin University.