ph.d. student in anthropology
university of oregon
b.s. biology, animal behavior
duke university 2019
My admiration and appreciation for all living things have drawn me to pursue a career in animal behavior. I have experience working with and researching a wide variety of animals including primates, marine life, equines, farm animals, and domestic animals. My vision is to improve captive animal welfare through animal behavior research.
For me, documentary work is a way to explore the human soul, to connect with people on a deeply personal level. Everyone has a story to tell, maybe it's an issue that's relevant to them, or something unique about them that makes them shine. I strive to use photography to capture their lives and share their stories.
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- Marine Mammal Research Assistant -
Jan 2018 - May 2019
Senior honors thesis project on the morphology and anatomy of an ontogenetic series of cetacean endocasts in the context of life history and behavior. 3D modeling in Aviso utilizing CT scans of bottlenose dolphins.
PI: V Louise Roth
- Summer Research Fellow -
May 2018 - Aug 2018
Applied behavioral research on anticipatory behavior in gorillas in the context of animal welfare. Assisted in behavioral endocrinology research on the pairing of cheetahs and dogs within the zoo for companionship. Piloted new behavioral data collection apps and technology for the Institute of Conservation Research.
PI: Megan Owen
- Research Assistant -
Aug 2016 - Dec 2016
Researching the genetic trait that determines color vision in ruffed lemurs. Trained lemurs to run trials with the SMARTA testing system to test the lemurs on their ability to recognize colors, and maintained database of trials.
PI: Ray Vagell
- Research Intern -
May 2016 - Aug 2016
Parasitology research on diagnosis, control, and drug resistance in equine gastrointestinal parasites. Ran egg counts to determine infection levels and performed coprocultures for larval identification; also took part in a necropsy to collect specimens. Collected fecal samples from horses and ponies and handled foals in preparation for future studies.
PI: Martin Nielsen
Animal Care Experience
Wild Earth Farm & Sanctuary
- Intern -
May 2016 - Aug 2016
Inspected and maintained habitat and facilities, enhanced habitats with enrichment, prepared animal diets, and monitored health and behavioral changes in domestic animals, farm animals, and injured wildlife. Permaculture farming and composting. Managed social media fundraising campaigns that raised over $800.
Primate Rescue Center
- Volunteer -
May 2016 - Aug 2017
Assisted caretakers with daily tasks such as food preparation, creation and distribution of enrichment and cleaning habitats for the well-being of the various monkeys and chimpanzees living at the sanctuary.
Willow Oak Veterinary Hospital
- Veterinary Intern -
Aug 2015 - May 2016
Observed medical procedures and handled small domestic animals as the veterinarian and his technicians drew blood, took samples, and ran tests. Cared for sick/recovering animals under the veterinarian's instructions
Duke University School of Medicine
- Zebrafish Facility Technician -
Aug 2015 - Jan 2016
Cared for thousands of fish in the aquaculture facility used for research. Duties included feeding the fish, changing filters, administering water quality tests and monitoring fish health.
Other Work Experience
- Video Communications Fellow -
Jan 2018 - May 2019
Working with the communications team at Duke Service Learning, I produced promotional media for the Service Learning website, conducted interviews, provided technical help with equipment during shoots, drafted video ideas, edited and produced final video products.
OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon
- DukeEngage Communications Intern -
May 2017 - Aug 2017
As part of a service-learning program, I worked as a community engagement organizer and communications liaison. I produced promotional media for political awareness campaigns (graphics, photographs, videos) and managed OPAL’s online presence by generating multimedia content for various social media platforms. I also created content (infographics and blogs) for OPAL’s website. I applied for grants and worked with a team to plan, organize, and orchestrate a successful fundraiser that raised $40,000. I fundraised through various online and offline campaigns leading to 45 new donors and an increase in average gifts by 20%
- Sustainability Intern -
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Raised awareness for sustainability as well as designed and implemented a Green Dining Certification for restaurants and eateries on campus in order to motivate vendors to implement more sustainable practices.
University of Oregon
Completed Graduate Coursework:
Introduction to Physical Anthropology
Proseminar in Anthropology
Social Theory II
Graduation with Distinction
B.S. Biology, concentration in Animal Behavior
Minor in Environmental Science and Policy
Certificate in Documentary Studies
Activities and Societies: Students for Sustainable Living, Duke Students for Animal Rights, Chi Omega, Penny Pilgram George Women's Leadership Cohort, HEAR at Duke
Relevant science coursework:
Biology: Genetics and Evolution, Molecular Biology, Organismal Evolution, Human Physiology
Ecology: Behavioral Ecology, Marine Megafauna, Primate Ecology, Ecology for a Crowded Planet
Environmental Science: Changing Oceans, Conserving the Variety of Life, Integrating Environmental Science and Policy
Other: Biostatistics, Calculus 1, Organic Chemistry 1, Physics 1
Relevant media coursework and projects:
Traditions in Documentary Studies
Introduction to Audio Documentary
Digital Documentary Photography (Service-Learning)
Small Town USA (Service-Learning)
Contemporary Documentary Film
Documentary Studies Capstone
Los Alamitos High School
Awards: National merit scholar, SCUBA Diving (PADI Open Water certified)
Societies: Japanese National Honors Society, Ecology Club, Chemistry Network,
Activities: School Garden, Show choir, Website Creation to raise awareness about endangered animals (click here to view), Japanese student exchange program, collaborated with Hubbs Sea World to raise and release endangered white sea bass
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Animal Behavior Society
The Wildlife Society
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
International Marine Animal Trainers' Association
Society for Marine Mammalogy
Chi Omega Fraternity