PhD student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
I was born in Utah and grew up in Washington State where I attended Central Washington University as a STEP (student talent expansion program) student mentored by Dr. Daniel Beck. Dr. Beck introduced me to the tropical dry forest on the Pacific coast of Mexico and supported 4 different trips to this forest as an undergraduate before taking me on as a masters student. For my masters project I lived in the Chamela forest for one year and studied the ecology of a terrestrial turtle (see Research), where I solidified my own passion for natural history, evolutionary biology, and conservation. Now I am a PhD student at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the Evolutionary Ecology lab under Rodrigo Macip-Ríos where I will continue studying turtles in the wild and museums to enhance our understanding of how this ancient group has came to be.