I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Crone Lab at Tufts University funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I am primarily in the interested in the population ecology and conservation of wild bees.
During the summer, I spend my days following the lives of cellophane bees: Colletes inaequalis and Colletes validus. I use a combination of mark-recapture and nest excavations to study what they eat, how far they fly to build nests, and variation in life cycle duration.
When I'm not in the field, I spend my time identifying pollen under a microscope, rearing bee offspring in the lab, and analyzing bee demographic data in R.
I also have a passion for native plant gardening and science communication, which led to the founding of the Tufts Pollinator Initiative with other biology graduate students and faculty. In 2019, we reached over 1000 people through outreach events in New England and planted 1500 square feet of native plant habitat on the Tufts University Medford/Somerville campus.
In my free time, I photograph birds and insects, grow garlic, bake sourdough, run, and write poetry.