My research interests center on understanding how animals make complex social decisions. This includes how animals communicate with each other, how an animal’s physiology influences sensory processing, and the neural circuitry involved in behavioral output. In the O’Connell lab, I plan to use integrative methods to examine how tadpoles use social information to make decisions about affiliation and aggression.
I use behavioral, physiological, and neurobiological techniques to examine the effects of man-made noises on fish behavior, physiology, development, and communication.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy arts and crafts, especially drawing, painting, and crocheting. I have two adorable little cats, Mia & Luna.
I just started my postdoc at Stanford, so check back frequently for updates about new science adventures!
Jan. 2020: Started a postdoc in Lauren O'Connell's lab at Stanford University!
Dec. 2019: Officially graduated from LSU.
Oct. 2019: Passed dissertation defense and dissertation approved by the graduate school!
April 2019: Presented at LSU BioGrad's symposium and received a best poster award!
Jan 2019: New paper on tac3 research came out!
Jan. 2019: Presented SICB in Tampa, FL - 2nd place in the DNNSB Best Student Division.
Nov. 2018: Presented at JB Johnston and SfN in San Diego, CA.
Sept. 2018: Received a Trainee Professional Development award from SfN!
May 2018: New paper on social defeat came out!
April 2018: Another trip to Minnesota to work with Dr. Al Mensinger's lab.
March 2018: Presented at LSU BioGrad's Symposium & received a best poster award!
March 2018: Presented a TEDxLSU talk.
Feb. 2018: Received an Esprit de Femme Student Leadership award for work with LSU's Women in Science.
Jan 2018: Presented a poster and talk at SICB in San Francisco. Awarded Honorable Mention in the DNNSB Best Student Category.