I joined the Fairmont State University Biology program in 2002. I received my B.S. in marine biology at the University of New England, my M.S. in marine science at the University of South Carolina and my Ph.D. in coastal oceanography at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before arriving at FSU, I worked as an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities across the country. My research interests are primarily in benthic ecology, specifically polychaete physiology and demography. Although my background is in marine science, I teach a variety of courses at FSU, including Human Biology, Biological Principles, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology and Ecology. I am particularly interested in the development of non-majors courses which emphasize the relevance of biology to society. Other areas of academic interest include statistics, paleontology, the role of women in both early American and ancient societies and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Outside of academia, I enjoy distance running, backpacking, cooking, gardening and serving the whims of my cats.