About me

As of Fall 2017, I have begun a faculty position with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. I am working on a new website (burnslab.umbc.edu) that will cover my laboratory and activities at UMBC, so stay tuned!

I returned to Maryland following a productive National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology with Dr. Marshal Hedin. In 2014, I completed my Ph.D. in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution and Systematics at the University of Maryland, College Park, with Dr. Jeffrey W. Shultz.

I am an active member of the American Arachnological Society and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. I’ve also volunteered with the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center!

I love to travel. As part of my research on Japanese leiobunine harvestmen with Dr. Nobuo Tsurusaki, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Japan twice for collection and research!

I was also introduced to Taiwan in 2012 when I attended the International Congress for Arachnology in Kenting, and fell in love with the food, art, and design I saw there. Here’s to many more future trips!

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