PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Anthropology, 2017; MS, Queens College, CUNY, Biology, 2009; BA, Boston University, Ecological Sciences, 2005
I am broadly interested in reproductive ecology of humans and non-human primates. I am interested in how hormones, health, and behavior influence one another, and how the interactions among these are influenced by social and other environmental factors. For my doctoral dissertation, I worked with Dr. Eduardo Fernandez-Duque and the Owl Monkey Project to investigate hormonal, demographic, and behavioral correlates of natal dispersal in socially monogamous owl monkeys (Aotus azarae) in the Argentinean chaco. As a postdoctoral associate, I am working with Dr. Claudia Valeggia and the Chaco Area Reproductive Ecology Project (CARE) to analyze endocrine correlates of life history transitions in Qom girls and women.
I have a certificate of teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Yale Scientific Teaching Fellow. I have experience teaching the Biological Anthropology courses “Sex, Love, and Reproduction”, “Human Evolution”, and “Becoming Human”. I have also taught labs related to introductory biology, evolutionary biology, and microbiology. I am currently working to develop a lab-based course on the topic of Hormones and Behavior, which will allow undergraduate students to get involved in biological anthropological research as part of Yale’s Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) development initiative.