I earned my Bachelors at the University of California San Diego, in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. A high point of my undergraduate career was studying abroad at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia for a year. I earned my PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona, where I worked on RNA processing. After a short stint in industry at a start up biotech company, I moved into education. I have been fortunate to have a variety of experiences including teaching high school, as well as at large and small colleges. I ran a McNair Program and worked for BCSC before taking a position at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). After many great years at NESCent, I took a position in future faculty development at the University of Wisconsin, which I left in 2015 to focus on developing BioQUEST as a non-profit organization.
My areas of interest in science education are evolution, nature of science and quantitative reasoning. Currently, I am involved in developing and supporting the Mentoring Networks for the QUBES project, which focuses on enhancing quantitative biology undergraduate education. I am also working with NABT on the B2 Scholars project which is designed to enhance the scholarship of two year faculty in education and biology practice. I also have several projects around evolution education with the UW Madison Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution, the European Society for the Study of Evolution and BEACON including adapting curriculum materials the Crow Institute uses for outreach to be accessible to visually impaired students, and the development of an assessment tool for basic tree thinking skills.