Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I recently moved to the Twin Cities from California, after finishing my PhD in Population Biology at UC Davis. Prior to that, I've lived in six other states, including Georgia, where I completed my Masters degree at Emory University (also in Population Biology), and Washington, where I completed my bachelors degree at the University of Washington (majoring in Applied Mathematics).
What did you study and what did you conduct your dissertation research on?
I began conducting research as an undergraduate, and have worked in wet labs, computational labs, and in the field. Some notable projects include: testing for the presence of rabies in skunk brains at the Center for Disease Control, developing mathematical models to better understand how tumors grow and spread in human brains, and making predictions about where disease-causing organisms will be living after accounting for climate change. For my PhD dissertation, I worked to understand factors that affect the survival of oyster populations, in order to create strategies for oyster conservation and sustainable harvest.
How will you support CBS students?
My role as the CBS Undergraduate Research Coordinator is to assist students in exploring and pursuing research opportunities. Once students are engaged in research, I can also help with navigating this experience, and incorporating the skills and knowledge gained into applications for graduate school. If you have any questions about research, no matter what stage you're at, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment! (Jacob will start taking appointments, later this semester-stay tuned!)