I've loved all animals from a young age but reptiles in particular always fascinated me. In my undergraduate, I saw how valuable and vulnerable these animals were and decided to pursue a PhD with lizards in response to climate change.
I am currently faculty at at Rider University teaching freshman biology and other courses like Herpetology and Introduction to Sustainability.
On the side as a way to destress in my PhD I picked up crocheting and now have a small side business crocheting hats for cats (yes you read that right!) You can check out my hand-crafted creations here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaulinesMenagerie
I was also involved with WiSE at UCSC (Women in Science and Engineering) and was president from 2016-2019. This program has further encouraged my love of teaching and encouraging students to pursue STEM education and careers.
California State University, Long Beach
Class of 2013
BS, Biology - Zoology
University of California, Santa Cruz
Class of 2019
PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Advisor: Dr. Barry Sinervo
Dept. of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Health Sciences