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 coloration of in animals. In particular, I am focused on the production of ultra-black coloration and the design of animal signals. These interests have led me to work on a variety of systems from tropical butterflies to bathypelagic fishes.
I began my research career more broadly interested in biophysics and biomechanics. 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).
March 2020: New paper on ultra-black butterflies titled “Diverse nanostructures underlie ultra-black scales in butterflies” is out in Nature Communications.
August 2019: The second manuscript from my undergraduate work, “Lift and Drag Acting on the Shell of the American Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus)” is now out in The Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.
June 2019: Edie Widder and Nathan Robinson filmed a giant squid on the Journey into Midnight expedition that I was fortunate to be a part of. Sönke Johnsen led the expedition where we captured the second video ever of the squid and the first in US waters. Media coverage can be found here, and the expedition team here.
April 2019: I have been awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) for the next three years!
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!