About Me

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I am a critical biocultural anthropologist, evolutionary biologist, and anthropological geneticist. I am a PhD candidate in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior program at the University of Texas at Austin and a Research Scholar in the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut. I am co-advised by Dr. Deborah Bolnick and Dr. Melissa Kemp. Currently, I am also a Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History with Dr. Logan Kistler.

Broadly, I’m fascinated by humankind’s ability to thrive in extreme environments around the world. I study how biotic and sociocultural factors interact to impact the genomic variation we see in Indigenous populations in the Americas today. Visit My Research to learn more!

I am also passionate about informal STEM education, co-organizing the biology outreach program Science Under the Stars at UT Austin and designing outreach programs for schools and museums. I hope to continue doing STEM outreach and genomics research after I complete my PhD. See STEM Outreach for more information and links to programming I’ve done.