I am a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) student at the University of Melbourne, Australia and a graduate in Biology (Zoology) from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. For the past two years I have been acquiring field and laboratory research experience to better prepare for graduate education. I have garnered a better understanding for the research process as a Ronald E. McNair and Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar in Dr. Kristopher Lappin’s Laboratory. My current research focuses on the geographic variation of sexual dimorphism amongst populations of the Northern Alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea).
At Cal Poly Pomona, I served as fundraising chair of the Cancer Awareness Club from 2012-2013, my responsibilities included organizing monthly information booths on campus promoting health attention, planning meetings with club members, advisors, and members of the community to plan fundraisers on and off campus to support club activities as well as help people affected by cancer in our community. Last year, I served as President of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program; this leadership experience equipped me with team working and communication skills.
During the summer of 2014, I worked as a research intern for Duke University and the Organization for Tropical Studies at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica. My time in the tropics was spent researching the social organization of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso), as well as determining if the bats exhibit individual signatures in their echolocation calls, and performing playback experiments using these calls. I have developed a passion for conservation biology and medicine, given the great challenges humanity faces in terms of habitat destruction and loss of biological diversity, as well as the effects of climate change in further facilitating negative human impacts on the Biosphere.