November 2018 - I am super excited to be traveling to Virginia this week, to speak to the Department of Biology at James Madison University about my research! October 2018 - Two new papers out this month (Gervasi et al., Scientific Reports and Burgan et al. PBZ)! Read more about this work here and here! October is also a very exciting time here at Monell, as we prepare for our annual Sponsors Meeting -- a 3-day event where scientists and industry sponsors come together to share, learn, and build new collaborations!
June 2018 - The Monell Science Apprenticeship program is about to start, and I am so excited for the opportunity to mentor another enthusiastic student!
April 2018 - I was invited to speak at the 2018 Taste of Science Festival! Come on out to hear some great talks on Monday April 23 at Franky Bradley's (1320 Chancellor St. in Philadelphia) and see here for lots more info about this event!
March 2018 - Our new paper on avian tolerance and resistance to West Nile virus is out now, in Ecohealth. Link Here! In addition, our multi-institution collaborative study on phenotypic plasticity in amphibians is also out now, in Evolution. Link to that manuscript, here!
February 2018 - I will be speaking about my research at this month's Association for Women in Science meeting in Philadelphia on Feb. 22. The event will be hosted right here at Monell Chemical Senses Center and starts at 6 pm. More information about registering for this event can be found here!
November 2017- I can hardly wait! I've been invited to give a seminar at my Undergraduate College (Moravian) and am so excited to meet students and faculty in the Biology Department!
September 2017 - I had the amazing opportunity to give a research seminar at the Cary Institute of Ecosystems studies last week. What an incredible group of scientists and diverse range of research projects going on there!
August 2017 - I just returned from Cardiff, Wales after attending my first Chemical Signals in Vertebrates Meeting. I learned a lot and met so many great researchers in a field that is very new to me. I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to organize a session on "The Scent of Disease", which included talks on lemurs, humans, mice, and pigs - how's that for diverse!?
June 2017 - I am excited to announce that our paper on stress hormones and West Nile virus dynamics has been accepted by Proceedings, B! Co-authors and I are looking forward to seeing this in print!
April 2017 - I will be leading a conference session on "The Scent of Disease" at the 2017 Meeting of the Chemical Signals in Vertebrates Group which will be held at Cardiff University this August. I am really looking forward to meeting lots of new people who interested in the intersection of chemical and disease ecology! Springtime means Monell Science Apprenticeship Program is just around the corner. This year, I will help mentor another amazing student through their first scientific research experience across this 7-week internship program. I can't wait!
February 2017 - I had a wonderful time meeting folks and giving seminars the USDA National Wildlife Research Center and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado this month. I really enjoyed hearing about all the amazing research going on at NWRC and in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department at CSU!
January 2017 - I am very excited to be traveling to the Max Planck Institute in Radolfzell, Germany this month for a workshop on Social Network Analysis taught by Dr. Damien Farine. I am also proud to announce that I have just submitted my first NSF pre-proposal as lead-PI. Fingers crossed from now until Spring!
December 2016 - I will be speaking at the December 7th Philly Nerd Nite event at Frankford Hall! Come on out for a beer and to listen to me chat about ecological and epidemiological links between human and wildlife health!
November 2016 - Our manuscript, "Linking ecology and epidemiology to understand predictors of multi-host responses to an emerging pathogen, the amphibian chytrid fungus" has been accepted in PLoS One and will be available online, shortly! Co-authors and I couldn't be more excited about this one!
October 2016 - I had a great time visiting Franklin & Marshall College and was hosted by some fantastic faculty and students in the Biology Department for my seminar on "Disease in an Ecological Context".
September 2016 - I was invited to talk at the University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Biology Eco-Lunch series and had a really wonderful time meeting graduate students and faculty. I'm looking forward to getting my weekly dose of ecology and evolution by attending the departmental seminars and am grateful to be involved in the interactions between Penn and Monell!
Dr. Lynn Martin presented some of our research about host stress hormones and vector preferences at the 101st annual Ecological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our ESA talk, as well as several fascinating research presentations about the ecological dimensions of mosquito-borne diseases were featured in this press release: www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/esoa-eco070816.php
The Monell Connection, Monell's newsletter, features the multidisciplinary team of postdoctoral fellows at the Center! Read more about Monell's investment in the training of scientists, here.
July 2016 - Our new paper from the symposium ‘‘New Frontiers in the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior: Nothing in Neuroscience Makes Sense Except in the Light of Behavior’’ presented at the 2016 meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology is now available online! icb.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/07/18/icb.icw064.abstract
April 2016 - I just attended my first Monell Research Colloquium, and was extremely impressed with the research talks and all of the excellent questions from the sponsors!
March 2016 - I joined the Monell team at La Colombe Coffee Roasters to discuss the science of our taste preferences for coffee with some cool sensory demos! What a great night along with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia! Lucky us - we also got to try the new draft latte, yum! www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2016/03/28/la-colombe-gets-scientific/
February 2016 - Along with a fantastic Monell crew, I got to participate in Science After Hours at the Franklin Institute, where we discussed the evolutionary underpinnings of our cravings for sugary and salty foods. What a fun night at the museum! www.fi.edu/special-events/science-after-hours