ABOUT ME

I am currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist at the University at Albany where I employ a data-driven approach to elucidate the ways in which genomics, landscape, habitat, disease and anthropogenic pressures are shaping our world. My current research ranges from aquatic population genetics to pathogen genomics, with an emphasis on applicability in the context of biodiversity preservation, epidemiology, and wildlife conservation. I hold a Doctorate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as a Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation & Policy. I have over six years of experience teaching at the college level and have worked as an adjunct faculty member at multiple institutions. My previous and current research program emphasizes the participation and mentoring of a diverse array of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. I am currently studying the transmission and evolution of various Staphylococcus species affecting wildlife, domestic animals, and humans across the globe. I am also heavily involved in work related to aquatic landscape genetics and fresh-water fisheries. My research interests are tied together by the common threads of molecular ecology and data science; the application of genetic-genomic approaches to traditional ecological questions using a "big data" approach.

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EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Molecular Biology and Ecology

2014 - 2018

University at Albany, Ph.D.

Biology; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Conservation and Education

Data Science

Programming Applications for Statistics, Ecology and Genomics

2012 - 2014

University at Albany, M.S.

Biology; Biodiversity, Conservation and Policy

2000 - 2012

Brooklyn College, B.A.

Biology

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