- I am named a National Geographic Explorer, which will provide funding to support my project, "Using GPS technology to assess how resource shifts associated with urbanization affect bat behavior and diet."
- I begin a research assistantship working with Dr. John Drake.
- I present a talk about seasonal and individual predictors of flying fox foraging movements at the Infectious Diseases of Bats Symposium in Fort Collins, CO.
- I pass my oral prospectus defense and am now considered a PhD candidate both by UGA and the Odum School of Ecology.
- I attend the 4th International Urban Wildlife Conference in San Diego, CA. Thanks to Dr. Maureen Murray for inviting me to present in her session: "Ecology of wildlife diseases in urban areas"
- I receive research funding from the Explorers Club Atlanta Chapter and the Graduate School (Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant).
- Some of my thoughts are featured in a Science Careers article: How to get the most out of attending conferences.
- I am honored to be awarded the 2017 Golley Memorial Scholarship from the Odum School of Ecology at our annual Spring Fling awards ceremony.
- I win 1st place for my presentation about flying fox movements and implications for disease at the annual scWDA symposium.
- My good friend and cohort-mate, Anya Brown, and I publish a piece in Science (Creating our own community) about our experiences forming and leading WiSci.
- I present my bat movement research at the Berlin Bat Meeting, and get to meet Marc Buentjen from e-obs, the company that makes my GPS loggers.
- Thanks to my ARCS funding, I am able to make another trip to Adelaide to continue my flying fox GPS tracking.
- I attend the IEEE-WIE Women in STEM Leadership Summit in Atlanta, GA. Great speakers and stories! Congratulations to the summit chair, Dr. Takoi Hamrita in UGA's College of Engineering. Thank you also to the departments and administrative units that funded a group of 20 WiSci students to attend the summit!
- After initial difficulties, I am able to deploy e-obs GPS loggers on 5 grey-headed flying foxes living in Adelaide, South Australia. Huge thank-you to Dr. Wayne Boardman, who allows me to collaborate with his team. A write-up of the work is here.
- I am awarded an ARCS Foundation fellowship, which will help support my next three years of graduate studies.
- I travel to Australia to fit GPS loggers on flying foxes to better understand their foraging preferences and movements.
- I pass my written and oral comprehensive exams!
- I win first place at UGA's Wildlife Disease Association student chapter annual symposium for my poster on nutrition and viral prevalence in two species of Australian Pteropus bats. This award also provides some funding for a conference.
- I receive the UGA Graduate Student Diversity Engagement Award for my efforts in leading WiSci over the past two years.
- I receive funding from the Odum School of Ecology and the UGA Graduate School to support summer fieldwork tracking flying foxes with GPS technology.
- I publish my first paper, "Disease risk perception and safety practices: A survey of Australian flying fox rehabilitators," in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases! UGA press release here.
- WiSci pulls off its first professional development symposium: Mapping Your Path in Science: WiSci Careers in Science. Thank you to all the speakers, workshop facilitators, participants, and volunteers!
- I attend the annual general meeting of the Australasian Bat Society in Melbourne, Victoria.
- I attend the Wildlife Disease Association international meeting in Maroochydore, QLD. Lots of great bat talks and posters!
- After finishing up with fieldwork, I volunteer at the Tolga Bat Hospital for a week to learn about captive animal handling and nutrition.
- Working with collaborators from CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization), I catch spectacled and grey-headed flying foxes in Queensland and New South Wales and collect biological samples for later analysis.
- I help a fellow PhD student, Lee McMichael, to catch spectacled flying foxes in Goldsborough, Queensland, Australia as part of an investigation on cleft palate syndrome.
- I win 1st place for my presentation on disease risk perception and safety practices among Australian flying fox rehabilitators at UGA's Wildlife Disease Association student chapter annual symposium. This award also provides funds for travel to a conference.
- I am awarded an Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant from UGA to support summer fieldwork.
- I am awarded the 2015 Graduate Diversity Award in Ecology. This award also provides research funds for the 2015-2016 academic year.
- WiSci wins the Outstanding New Organization Award from UGA's Center for Student Organizations.
- I am awarded a grant from the Explorers Club to support summer fieldwork in Australia!
- WiSci receives funding from the UGA Parents and Families Association to support professional development and outreach activities.
- I attend the Ebola Modeling Workshop at Georgia Tech.
- I attend the 2014 DAIDD (Dynamical Approaches to Infectious Disease Data) clinic held at the University of Florida.
- With several other Ecology students, I form a UGA student group: Women in Science (WiSci). I am the group's president, and my major professor, Dr. Altizer, is our faculty advisor.
- I attend the oSTEM conference in Atlanta and present a poster on some of my research from Australia.
- I move to Athens, GA to begin my PhD with Dr. Sonia Altizer at the University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology.
- I receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides full funding for three years.
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