About Me

I received my Bachelor's of Science in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2013. From UMassD, I joined the Starks Lab to research honey bees for my Ph.D. For my post-doc, I studied ant-caterpillar interactions in the Pacific Northwest as a as part of the Crone and Schultz Labs. And I am now starting my lab, which will focus on insect pollinator behavioral and nutritional ecology, at Providence College! I enjoy speaking about my research (and insect pollinators in general!) to both scientific and general audiences. 


Outside of science, I enjoy photographing insects, playing softball, reading (especially anything by Jane Austen, or pertaining to Sherlock Holmes), baking, and being with family and friends.

Field Work in Costa Rica 2016
Field Work in Costa Rica 2016

Photo: Andrés Vega

press to zoom
Counting bees
Counting bees

Photo: Anna Miller, Tufts Now

press to zoom
Tufts Community Day 2017
Tufts Community Day 2017

Photo: Evan Sayles, Tufts University

press to zoom


Research Interests

2009 - 2013

UMass Dartmouth

B.S. Biology, Commonwealth Scholar


2020 - present

Providence College

Assistant Professor

Nutritional Ecology

How do insects get the right nutrients in the right amounts from their ever-changing environment?

2013 - 2018 

Tufts University

Ph.D. Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution

Ecological Immunity

How does the environment affect how an insect protects itself from disease?

Social Immunity

How do insects use behavior to protect themselves and their relatives from disease?

Insect Pollinator Health & Nutrition

How does diet and/or nutrient diversity affect pollinator health?

2018 - 2020

Tufts University & Washington State University

Post-doctoral Researcher

2017 - 2019

Tufts University Experimental College