I graduated from Southwestern University with a BS in Animal Behavior and Spanish. After spending a year abroad conducting research at Universidad Nacional in Costa Rica and University of Ghana, I received a teaching certificate from Prairie View A&M University. I then taught science at an inner-city high school in the 7th largest school district in the United States. In 2016, I completed a dual PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences and Evolution Ecology and Behavior. I was awarded 7 fellowships including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a United Negro College Fund•Merck Fellowship, and have published 15 scholarly works. I am now a NSF Postdoctoral fellow studying the social lives of animals by splitting time between the labs of Drs. Jens Krause (Leibniz Institute), Dennis Higgs (University of Windsor), and Robert Tanguay (Oregon State University). I also coordinate the Charles H. Turner Program through the Animal Behavior Society.
When not tinkering away in the lab, I take every opportunity to travel. I have engaged in field research, courses, outreach and diplomacy in over 20 countries across 4 continents (Shelton, 2013). I enjoy turning up on the dancing floor (¡Baile salsa!), gardening, horseback riding, and diving into the depths of the ocean (PADI certified!).
2016 Indiana University, PhD
2011 Poynter Institute, Teaching Research Ethics certificate
2010 Prairie View A&M University, Teaching certificate
2009 Southwestern University, BS
2009 University of Ghana
2008 Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica
2018 Wiley #top20article
2017 Animal Behavior Society Allee Competition Semifinalist
2016 NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology
2014 Be More Engaged Award from the city of Bloomington, IN
2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
2010 NSF IGERT Fellowship
2007 United Negro College Fund • Merck Fellowship
2005 Bishop T. Dixon Scholarship