Class of 2022

Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida

Major: Computer Science

Minors: Mathematics and English

Hobbies: Ecology, environmentalism, art history/making art, poetry, music

Tell us about your Duke experience: 

I am a junior at Duke majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. I grew up exploring the rich and diverse ecosystems of Florida, so the living world has always inspired my curiosity. My educational and career interests center around applying quantitative methods to complex biological systems. While at Duke, I have conducted research on the effects of diet on the gut microbiome and methods of discerning diet using fecal metabarcoding. I have also participated in a Bass Connections project investigating the effects of environmental factors on ocean microbiomes using a decades-long time series at the Duke Marine Lab. Outside of academics, I serve as the vice president of Duke Plants and Botany Connections and am a crew leader for Project WILD, Duke's backpacking pre-orientation program. I also have an interest in art history, poetry, and language learning. In my free time, I enjoy being outside, making and listening to music, and caring for my sourdough starter and plants. The AB program has given me the freedom to pursue my academic passions without reserve. The summer in Oxford and year-round programming have greatly enriched my experience at Duke, both intellectually and personally. Finally, I am grateful to have a rich source of insight and inspiration in my fellow scholars, who invariably are deeply thoughtful and passionate about their diverse interests and goals.