November 4, 2015

Graduate students often serve as teaching assistants while working on their degrees, and some programs even make teaching a requirement. As a Master's student fortunate enough to have research funding, I hadn't expected to teach during my time at UW-Madison, but I was...

August 29, 2015

A viagem começa...não ainda. The journey begins...not yet. Due to some logistical difficulties, my research trip to Brazil has been postponed until spring 2016. From one perspective, this was a bit disappointing since these plans have been in the works for almost ten...

July 20, 2015

In less than a month (assuming my visa comes through), I will be heading to Brazil for the next 4-5 months as a USAID Research and Innovation Fellow to conduct biological research in the Amazon rainforest! The next few weeks of preparations will be busy, as I am also w...

May 26, 2015


As I work on writing up my M.S. thesis this summer, I also will be continuing to practice my Brazilian Portuguese! I have recently received official notification that I was awarded a NSF Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Travel Award and U.S. Agency for...

May 4, 2015

As the semester winds down, myself and 11 other graduate students in a science communication seminar led by Dr. Ellen Damschen are preparing 5-minute public talks for our final projects. Come hear "12 Ecological Research Stories in 1 Hour" on May 7th from 10:15-11:15 i...

March 1, 2015

This semester, undergraduate researchers turned into lab assistants to assist me in the last bit of data collection! As of February, I have been exploring the seeds data data to try to start to put the pieces of this story together. Stay tuned, because results are near...

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