Growing up in a rural area of Minnesota, I spent much of my time on the water. This is where my sincere interests in how fishes and other aquatic organisms were able to live among one another developed.
In 2017 I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota - Duluth. This is also where I developed my research skills in neuroethology and sensory biology of fishes. In 2019 I completed my M.S. in Integrated Biosciences from the University of Minnesota - Duluth while working in Dr. Allen Mensinger's lab. My Master's research focused on the effects of self-generated movement and anthropogenic sound on the hearing sensitivity of the Oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau.
Currently, I am PhD student at the University of Washington in the lab of Dr. Joe Sisneros. The Sisneros lab use fish as a model system to investigate the functions of the auditory system. For my research, I am primarily interested in the neural mechanisms of sound source localization in free-swimming Plainfin Midshipman, Porichthys notatus. My primary research interests utilize behavioral, physiological, and neurobiological techniques.