| Areas of Expertise
| Favorite Quote
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
– Jane Goodall
| Job Title
Conservation Biologist and Professor at Schreiner University
Master of Science in Biology
I am a conservation biologist that works mostly with reptiles and amphibians, but also other taxa. I focus on ecological and landscape models as they pertain to species diversity, richness, climate change, and presence. I also do pathogen assessments and a lot of natural history studies. I’m also an avid advocate for nature/wildlife leading multiple hikes, and walks through wildlife refuges, and doing a lot of public outreach every year. I try to publish as much of my research as possible and contribute to our ongoing knowledge base of the world around us.
| Just a couple of colleagues hanging out around the water cooler.
As a teen mother and high school dropout, I felt all the odds were against me. However, with a lot of hard work and dedication, everything you want to achieve is within reach. I went from not finishing high school, to being enrolled in a Ph.D. program. Don’t give up!
| Emotional Story
I love doing research and learning new things about the wildlife around us. However, it’s always a bittersweet sensation when we make a new discovery, or revisit sites only to find they are now being plowed for “development.” Nature and wildlife just can’t keep up with the speed of our “progress,” it is a fact that most of us conservationists have to be aware of, as we cannot ignore what’s going on around us.
It’s never too late. Do what you love. It’s often an uphill battle, but if you don’t do it, who will? Do not let the pressures of being a woman in STEM dissuade you from pursuing your dreams, keep pressing on.
| If You Could Be Any Animal, What Would You Be?
A snake. They’re shy, quiet, introverted, but sturdy, survivors, all terrain, often misunderstood, under-appreciated, graceful, beautiful, but when threatened will defend themselves to the end.
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