I am currently a postdoctoral research assistant in Dr. Tracie Baker’s lab in the Wayne State University Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (http://www.bakerwaterlab.com/who-are-we/). I am currently using zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model organism to investigate how environmental contaminants in Detroit can impact public and environmental health. Right now, I am focused on investigating the impacts of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in the Lake Huron – Lake Erie corridor. I’m really excited to be able to continue working in Detroit, for Detroiters!
I also hold the title of Director of Water Works Park Pilot Plant through Healthy Urban Waters at Wayne State University (https://huw.wayne.edu/about-team). This pilot plant is located at one of Detroit’s drinking water treatment plant. We can use this facility to test raw and treated waters, and at any point during the treatment process!
I recently earned a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. I studied in Dr. Donna Kashian’s aquatic ecology lab. My dissertation research focused on invasive dreissenid mussels, specifically quagga mussels (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis). I studied how cyanobacteria impacts their reproduction, development, and physiology. I am interested in Great Lakes ecology, toxicology, urban ecology, the role of aquatic contaminants, and basically all things involving freshwater science.
Aside from research, I participate in volunteer outreach and education opportunities. I frequently visit K-12 schools as a guest lecturer and have also hosted field trips for students. I have taught students about invasive species and aquatic ecology science and sampling. Three times a year, I join the Friends of the Rouge on their spring, fall, and winter benthic macroinvertebrate community based sampling. I’m also an advocate for improving mental health and increasing inclusivity in academia.