I am extremely passionate about inspiring girls to fall in love with science the way that I have. Science can often seem intimidating, male-dominated, and even has a specific stereotype attached to it. I hope that I can be a positive role model by breaking this mold and showing young girls that women scientists have strength in their femininity and do a variety of activities that they might have not previously even considered ‘science.’ I am currently very involved with mentoring girls on an individual and group-level basis, and I plan to continue this throughout my career. I hope to not only engage with young women domestically, but also empower women abroad while I am in the field.
There are many ways for undergraduate students to get involved with my research, the ongoing research of my research group, and/or fellow graduate students. Some of these opportunities include measuring images for ongoing projects on primate coloration and assisting in the genetics or endocrinology laboratory. If you are interested in interning with me, please get in touch!
Djemila created a survey to collect data from primatologists and used comparative analyses for her project The evolution of lip-smacking in the history of primate evolution.
Madison analyzed behavioral data and undertook microsatellite analyses from fecal DNA in the lab for her project Grooming and relatedness in Kinda baboons.
I was an ongoing science mentor to two high schoolers (pictured) 2014-2016. They completed a research project at the Bronx Zoo where they studied The Effect of Zoo Visitors on the Behavior and Stereotypies of Gorillas in Captivity. They won fourth prize for their proposal in the Southern Connecticut Science and Engineering Foundation's 2015 competition. Their final project won fourth place in the Connecticut STEM Fair (February 2016) as well as the January 2016 Acorda Scientific Excellence Award. In Fall 2016, they began their first year of college!