I am a scientist and educator dedicated to building connections between scientific research and youth education. Motivated by making the field of STEM accessible and inclusive, I prepare youth to pursue the career paths they choose and engage with science practitioners to create inclusive educational environments. One of my favorite ways to do this is by promoting and teaching strong mentorship in STEM. 

As Senior Manager for Youth Initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History I manage the Science Research Mentoring Program, a program in which teens work with scientists on year-long authentic research projects and participate in courses, workshops, and special events, and the Lang Science Program, an in-depth six year program where young people are immersed in the worlds of science through courses and research experiences.

In my own research, I'm particularly interested in the insights we can gain from integrating many types of data and analyses. I combine phylogeographic and landscape genetic data, thermophysiology, morphology, remote sensing and microhabitat temperature data to understand how the environment in the past has influenced the genetic and functional patterns we see today. Most of my work is with lizards and turtles, but the ideas apply broadly!

I received my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior from the City University of New York, based in the Carnaval Lab at City College.