Environmental Biology and GIS, Clarion University of PA (2007)
Secondary Education: Biology, Duquesne University (2012)
Certificate in Coastal Studies, Nova Southeastern University (2015)
Liaison Major: Biology
was born and raised in Pennsylvania and have been in Jacksonville since May
2013. I am a huge fan of the Pittsburgh
Penguins and Green Bay Packers and I love my husky, Loki, more than anything!
BS is in Environmental Biology from Clarion University, where I completed
research on the effects of acid mine drainage and reclamation efforts on the
surrounding river and tributary systems. My research project included
collecting suber samples and identifying insects present in the sample and
water chemistry analysis. This was to
determine if acid mine drainage was still present. For my minor, I have
completed introductory and advanced coursework in Geographic Information
Systems, Computer Cartography and Remote Sensing. Additionally, I have completed an internship
with the City of Allentown (PA) working on improving the GIS program for the
city. Furthermore, while completing my
biology degree, I was a 7-Time All-American and 4 year National qualifier for
Clarion’s Swimming team.
Masters is in Secondary Education: Biology from Duquesne University. There, I taught Honors Biology, Anatomy &
Physiology, PA Wildlife (senior biology elective) and AP Biology. My teaching philosophy is geared towards the Inquiry-based
approach and I believe being hands-on is a very necessary part of
learning. I also believe that students
should try to determine the “who, what, where, when and why” before getting
answers directly from the teacher. In
addition to completing my Masters, I was the Assistant Swimming Coach for the
Division 1 university and created our Strength & Conditioning program.
I have completed a Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies through Nova
Southeastern University. This certificate
has provided me the opportunity to take upper level coursework in Marine
Geology, Marine Chemistry, Environmental Toxicology, Biology of Sharks &
Rays, Marine Biodiversity and Marine Ecosystems. Additionally, I was able to participate in
manatee and osprey surveys in and around the Fort Lauderdale waterways.
true passion is helping students so they have a positive and extremely
rewarding collegiate career, like I was fortunate enough to have, as well as
studying marine biology, especially Orcinus
orca. My goal is to provide students
with information, references, and advice in order for them to attain their
academic goals and be successful here at UNF.
I look forward to working with every student interested or currently
enrolled in the Biology program!