I am fascinated by the marvelous biodiversity on this planet, and enjoy looking for and thinking about tiny animals that often go unnoticed. My research explores the phylogenetic systematics and biogeography of pseudoscorpions - small arachnids found in nearly every terrestrial habitat. I use morphological and molecular data to investigate how different groups of pseudoscorpions are related to each other, how these animals are related to other arachnids, and what these relationships can tell us about when, where, and how pseudoscorpions have evolved. I am particularly interested in neotropical diversity and the distribution of the non-venomous pseudoscorpion family Chthoniidae throughout the Caribbean Islands and the Andes.
Aside from my research, I am also very excited about community science education. While studying in Cuenca, Ecuador as an undergraduate, I worked at a wonderful wildlife park, Zoológico Amaru, where I helped design an exhibit highlighting invertebrate diversity in Ecuador. At Harvard's Museum of Natural History, I am involved in project TEACH and Nature Story Time, which allow me to share my passion for biodiversity with students of all ages.