About:

I am a Ph.D. student in the Johnsen Lab at Duke University in the Department of Biology. My interests generally include the evolution, ecology, and physics of photonic structures in animals. I work on a variety of systems from mesopelagic fish to tropical butterflies.

I began my research career more broadly interested in biophysics and ecology. As an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill,  I characterized the fluid dynamics of lift and drag in horseshoe crabs (Miller Lab) and quantified the role of the marginal spikes in Venus flytrap prey capture (Martin Lab).

Updates:

September 2018: My first manuscript “Testing Darwin’s hypothesis about the wonderful Venus flytrap: the marginal spikes form a ‘horrid prison’ for moderate-sized insect prey” has been accepted by The American Naturalist and will be coming out early 2019!