B.S. Environmental Biology and GIS, Clarion University of PA (2007)
MS.Ed Secondary Education: Biology, Duquesne University (2012)
Graduate Certificate in Coastal Studies, Nova Southeastern University (2015)
Liaison Major: Biology
I 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!
My 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.
My 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.
Lastly, 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.
My 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!