About

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Ahoy and welcome to my website!  I am a scientist working to unravel the mysteries of mantis shrimp! If you don’t know what a mantis shrimp is, THAT’S OK, you can find out more about these incredible animals and what they teach us by visiting my Research page. 

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You can learn about mantis shrimp from my stand-up comedy! Though best experienced in person, you can also see videos of my performances on under my SciComm page. I am an enthusiastic science communicator, artist & illustrator, so please check out all my stuff.

If you have a logo or scientific illustration project you need help with – just ask! Also, if you’re interested in inviting me to your institution for a research lecture or comedy performance, odds are better than any grant funding rate that I will say YES!

Research

Neuroethology: the study of the neural basis of behavior

Stomatopod crustaceans, or mantis shrimp, are best know for two things: their elaborate and complex compound eyes and their ultra-fast, ballistic strike. For a fun explanation of these stomatopod features, check out my stand-up comedy set HERE. 

My present line of research is to investigate how the two systems are related. Specifically, which features of the visual system influence the decision to target and release the spring-loaded strike? And what are the neural controls of the strike?  I started this research as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge and am continuing to use the sophisticated techniques found in the Fly Systems Laboratory (led by Dr. Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido) in our new home at the University of Minnesota. These techniques include high-speed video recording and analysis, electrophysiology, and neural cell labelling and tracing. Stay tuned for exciting results from this new line of research!

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Sci Comm

Science Communication & Outreach

Are you a regular person who isn’t a scientist, but likes science, and you want to learn more about science? Then I want to talk to you!

I think science is awesome and I love talking about it, without the jargon, preferably with humor.

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