I have been interested in both biology and teaching for as long as I can remember. As an undergraduate, I initially focused on animal behavior but switched my attention to plants after taking a sophomore level botany course. I eventually earned a BS in plant pathology from the University of California, Davis, and a MS in molecular biology from New Mexico State University. My research explored the expression of genes coding for small antimicrobial proteins in a plant model.
One of my primary goals has always been to share my love of biology through teaching and I am especially interested in helping students navigate the first years of college. I have taught at a number of other colleges, and moved to SLU in the fall of 2004, to help with lab instruction for General Biology. I enjoy the engagement and interaction of lab instruction, and the opportunity to get to know my students. I find the variety of topics covered in General Biology stimulating and love the opportunity to continually learn new and details about the living world.