I grew up in the outdoors, and loved hiking and camping trips in Arizona with my family. Surprisingly, I didn't discover my love for insects until my undergraduate years at the University of Arizona. I was studying gut enzymes in the mosquito in a biochemistry lab when I realized I was more interested in mosquito behavior than I was in performing Western Blots. Once I switched to a behavioral ecology lab, I never looked back. I've been really lucky to work with some of the best people: Dan Papaj (University of Arizona) showed me a love for insects, and Lynn Riddiford and Christen Mirth (Janelia Farm Research Campus, Monash Unviersity) let me dig into the mechanisms of behavioral development. My love of bees was discovered when working with Anne Leonard (University of Nevada-Reno) and Hans Kelstrup (Stellenbosch University). After my undergraduate degree, I worked at a honey bee USDA lab in Tucson, Arizona before starting my Ph.D. in the lab of Gene Robinson at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Currently, I am a postdoc in the lab of Sarah Kocher at Princeton University.