About

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Ahoy and welcome to my website!  I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK working to unravel the mysteries of mantis shrimp crustaceans. For the specifics of my research program, please visit my Research page.

I am also an enthusiastic science communicator, artist & illustrator – both for fun and for hire! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding my multifaceted work!

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 am presently addressing these questions using sophisticated techniques found in the Fly Systems Laboratory (led by Dr. Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido) at the University of Cambridge. 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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Publications & CV

 Select “Continue reading…” to experience some of my highlighted publications. If you are interested in my complete publication list, please download my CV,  HERE
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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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