From the beginnings of my academic career, I have always enjoyed ecological research. I received my B.S. in Biology at Southwestern College where I did my honors project on zebra mussel colonization potentials in different Kansas lakes. My M.S. at Kansas State University focused fire disturbance ecology of amphibians and reptiles in the tallgrass prairie. I then switched to my current passion behavioral ecology for my Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I studied complex signal function in wolf spiders. As a professor at a small private liberal arts college, McPherson College, I continue to be active in research, and look to incorporate my students into my research and to engage them in scientific research in all possible ways. I look forward to engaging students with real scientific data in the classroom, which will enhance their analytical and critical thinking skills. My ultimate goal is to include basic data analysis in not only my upper level science classes, but my general education classes as well.