Division of Biological Sciences
226 Tucker Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211
I am currently a senior at the University of Missouri and planning to graduate in May 2018. I am pursuing a B.S. in biological sciences as well as minoring in psychology. I plan to attend medical school and earn an M.D. I am most interested in oncology but am also eager to gain exposure to different specialities throughout my schooling.
I joined the Eggert Lab during the spring of 2016 and have enjoyed learning the various techniques used in genomics and conservation ecology. In the past I worked on the mitochondrial genetic structure of P. tenuis, an elk brainworm found to be infecting the native white tailed deer of Missouri with lethal results. My work could help in determining host parasite interactions, and disease spread.
I am currently conducting an independent research project to add to the work of Jake Burkhart, a Ph.D. candidate in the lab. My work includes studying the genetic diversity using mitochondrial DNA of Ambystoma annulatum, a salamander species endemic to the Ozark Highlands and regions of the Ouachita Mountains. By describing contemporary patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation across the entire range, the results of my project can be used to make recommendations for the conservation of this species.