Conservation has always been my focus despite having a diverse background and now I am working with my favorite order (Caudata) of the animal kingdom. I received my B.S. from Michigan State University in Zoology then traveled across the country to the "other" MSU (Mississippi State University) to received my M.S. in Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture. Currently I work for the Memphis Zoo and Mississippi State University as a research assistant while I earn my Ph.D. My research focuses on developing more efficient breeding protocols using model species, Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) and Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum), to use on Flatwoods salamander (Ambystoma bishopi), Blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale), Alabama black warrior waterdog (Necturus alabamensis), Ozark Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi) and California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense).