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I am a second year PhD graduate student in the IDP in Insect Science
at the University of Arizona. My major advisor is Dr
Wulfila Gronenberg at the Arizona Research Labs-Division of Neurobiology.
My career in science is very recent, however I have learned a lot in this short time................
.Last year I participated in a tropical ecology field course through
the Organization for Tropical Studies
in Costa Rica. OTS offers amazing courses for graduates and undergrads-a
definite must for those interested in the tropics with a love for organismal
biology. While the course is extremely challenging physically and mentally
the overall experience is unforgettable. Additionally, the Central
American microfauna provided four months of mind-boggling fascinations.
I also interned at the Smithsonian
Enviromental Research Institute (SERC) with Dr. Ilka Feller in Edgewater,
Maryland. I was trying to elucidate the interactions between a galling
midge, the fungus it feeds on and the Malvaceous plant that it builds
its home in with the added complication of numerous parasitoids. Swamp
work is tough but the Cheasapeake Bay is a wonderful place teaming with
animal and plant life and of course the seafood is clearly a perk.
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