Hey there! I’m a new master’s student in the Lord Lab. I have a B.A. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from The College of Wooster, Ohio where I studied pigmentation in Betta fish by extracting, amplifying, and analyzing DNA from multiple samples. At the same time I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Gardiner Lab at OSU, sampling and sorting insects from the greater Cleveland, OH area via aspirators, pitfall traps, collection vacuums, and sticky traps.
Currently, I am familiarizing myself with the taxonomy, physiology, and metabolism of Buprestidae with the hopes of characterizing Stigmoderini pigments and pigment patterns.