Before I began graduate school at North Carolina State University I taught high school science, as well as anatomy and physiology to nursing students at ECPI University. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree from California State University San Bernardino, and a Masters of Science from The University of Nebraska. My background in biology is broad, and I enjoy doing both laboratory and field research. My PhD focused on the reproductive behavior and mate choice of wild house mice. I am particularly interested in the ecological and behavioral aspects of reproduction. As a science educator, I have long been interested in interdisciplinary studies and the social dimensions of science. My PhD minor in genetic engineering and society allowed me to gain experience in interdisciplinary research. Having a diverse background also provides me with the tools required to be an effective teacher and researcher.