I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Science from Cornell University. During the latter part of my undergraduate career I became interested in the evolution of social behavior in various systems, insects being the most prominent. However, after completion of my degree I worked with Purina on developing an alternative honey bee protein supplement that has made it to market. I began to work with the idea of how eusociality evolved in social insects, focusing on the regulation of reproductive division of labor. This drew me to Pennsylvania State University where I pursued my masters degree on how brood affects worker reproduction in bumble bees. Now I will be working with Dr. Cecilia Tamborindeguy on how brood affects gene expression in fire ants, translating what I know from bumble bees into a new model system.