I have studied in the M.S. program under the academic advisement of Dr. Aaron Bauer. I graduated from the State University of New York: College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2012, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology. I have 13 years of experience in day and emergency veterinary clinics, as well as two years of human phlebotomy work in hospitals. Aside from the veterinary field, my interests lie in systematics and phylogenetics of reptiles and amphibians, particularly research on phylogeography and conservation genetics. Here at Villanova University my research involves DNA barcoding of lizards on the island of New Caledonia located in the southwest Pacific Ocean. I am sequencing the cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) gene to test its phylogenetic informativeness and provide empirical evidence that DNA barcoding may act as an efficient species delimitation tool for these animals. The graduate program here at Villanova has provided a plethora of useful tools and resources to conduct research and get more involved in the scientific community, allowing me to make a network of professional connections.