I am a new PhD student from Pennsylvania advised by Boris Kondratieff and Chris Funk. I graduated with a B.A. in biology from Franklin and Marshall College. After college, I trained at The Stroud Water Research Center to identify aquatic macroinvertebrates, mainly aquatic insect larvae. Following this training, I worked at The School for Field Studies Center for Sustainable Development Studies in Atenas Costa Rica. In Costa Rica, I worked with student groups from the United States studying tropical ecology, economics, natural resource management, and sustainable development. I also investigated the biogeography of aquatic insects in the pre-montane wet forest of the Caribbean slope. Currently, I am involved in the EVOTRAC project, which is looking at the influence of disturbance and temperature on aquatic communities along elevational and latitudinal gradients in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the Andes of Ecuador. I am focusing primarily on insect systematics in these systems using classical morphology and genetic techniques. I am broadly interested in limnology, aquatic insects, the tropics, biogeography, disturbance ecology, natural resource management, conservation, and sustainable development.