Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006–2007)

Chased monarch butterflies in Michoacán, Mexico, and monarch biologists in Worcester, Massachusetts. Earned a master’s degree in science writing.

Thesis: The Butterfly Clock: Illuminating the Molecular Mysteries of Monarch Migration

Advisor: Marcia Bartusiak


Smith College (2003–2006)

Forced E. coli to evolve according to my whims in a microbiology lab. Graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biological sciences, including an award-winning honors thesis, and a minor in chemistry.

Thesis: Experimental Re-evolution of Bacterial RNase P RNA

Advisor: Robert Dorit