I am committed to supporting students from all backgrounds as a research mentor and academic advisor. I provide students with foundational knowledge of ecological concepts and the ability to think scientifically, while also celebrating their identity, culture, and heritage.
View my recent Herpetologist Highlight interview to see my thoughts on mentoring and supporting a diverse and inclusive research environment.
Research Experience for Underrepresented Minority Students
I am a research mentor for a summer REU program in Costa Rica aimed at broadening diversity in STEM. I work one-on-one with two students each summer, guiding them on independent research projects. Students arrive with nearly zero research experience and they end the summer seeing themselves as scientists. Almost all students present their research findings at the SACNAS conference, and prepare manuscripts suitable for scientific publication!
Independent Student Researchers
At each institution where I have worked, I advised diverse students in designing and conducting their own research project, which are all suited for scientific publication. Every student I have worked with is from a group considered historically underrepresented in STEM, and each has gone on to higher-level training or a STEM-based career.