I am non-binary and queer and I am a scientist and an educator.//
I grew up in a small town in Alabama and heard the word evolution for the first time in college. Since that introduction, I have been passionate about increasing my understanding of evolution and providing positive experience with evolution to K-12 students, college students, and the public. I use authentic science experiences and science communication in the classroom and in the community to increase scientific self-efficacy and to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in biology. I also research how evolutionary processes interact to drive rapid adaptation to new and changing environments using insect and fish systems and both field and laboratory approaches. At the moment some of my most exciting research investigates the origins of novel traits, and I have been lucky enough to discover multiple sexual signals at their earliest stages–crickets singing brand new songs!