As long as I can remember, I've been fascinated by the natural world. I was the kid cutting worms in half because I thought they could be bisected and live...turns out that works for some flat worms, but not earth worms. As a graduate student, I became interested in the diversity of colorful signals animals use to communicate. My research has explored the role of female coloration in eastern bluebirds, the relative influence of genetic and environmental factors on color in barn swallows, and how quantitative genetics can be used to better understand the role of sexual signals.
I am currently a biology education research postdoc at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As a graduate teaching assistant and instructor I strove to instill passion and a sense of wonder in my students, but was often frustrated by the traditional mode of teaching found in higher education - lecture. When I was introduced to the concept of scientific teaching and discovered that there was a movement toward more student-centered, interactive teaching, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.