Associate Professor, Neuroscience
I am interested in teaching students how and why biological systems work the way they do. I teach introductory biology, exploring common ideas between ecosystems and organ systems. I teach physiology, exploring what makes bodies run and how they adapt to different conditions and environments. I teach neuroscience, working to help students understand how information manifests in neurons as well as how information is used to drive behavior.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
I am fundamentally interested in how animals work—what drives their behavior, and how their behavior affects evolutionary and ecological relationships. I fulfill these interests with a research program broadly organized around the neuroethology of pollination, i.e., how sensory processing of pollinators drives behavior, as well as relevant plant-insect interactions. My lab utilizes diverse techniques in our pursuit of these questions; including computational analysis, neurophysiology, field studies and behavior.