California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
PERL welcomed me into its warm, slithery home in the fall of 2017. My research will examine the effects of pathogenic exposure on the thermal tolerance of the Western Fence Lizard while exposed to limited oxygen. With climate change on the rise, it is important to further investigate how global warming will increase cases of pathogenic exposure through an increase in the vectors infecting the host as well as how rising temperatures will negatively impact the infected populations. With seven years experience working as a veterinary technician, I am very excited to incorporate my knowledge and skills in the veterinary medical field with my research in physiological ecology.