My interests have always been in how sensory systems transform complex physical information into the simple language of action potentials. How are important signals detected while environmental "noise" is filtered away, and how does this change with the behavioral salience of these signals? My research philosophy is based in ethology, letting interesting behaviors guide interesting questions. I believe that understanding the brain can only happen when we look at its output (behavior) in its proper context, and who knows that context better than the animals themselves?
I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in the JHU Batlab with Dr. Cynthia Moss.
I completed my PhD in the lab of Dr. Gary Marsat at West Virginia University. There I studied neural coding of communication in three species of weakly electric fish.
My undergraduate research was done in the Lab of Dr. Kurt Seidman, Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Department of Chemistry
OUTSIDE OF THE LAB
In my time out of the lab I'm an avid trail runner, rock climber, backpacker, equestrian, and cat enthusiast. I'm always looking for my next adventure!