I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology at Columbia University. My research focuses on avian developmental physiology and the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the regulation of stress.
As a Teaching Assessment Fellow and a member of the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners, I am dedicated to the development of effective and innovative scientific communication and conservation education.
Finally back in the lab! Over the summer, I finished shearing my house sparrow DNA from the hippocampus, hypothalamus, and blood. Samples are now submitted for Enzymatic Methyl-seq to identify and quantify cytosine modifications. We will use this data to assess the role of epigenetic modifications in early life developmental in response to stress.