Jellyfish • Venom • Evolution


I am an evolutionary biologist (and budding venomologist) studying jellyfish venoms and how they change. I recently completed my PhD at the University of Kansas in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I will be starting an NSF PRFB fellowship at the Gibson Lab at Stowers Institute for Medical Research in 2023.

Brief introduction to my research, recorded for Skype a Scientist's Venom Week in 2019!

See the recorded live event here:

Stinging snot covered by SciShow!

Summary: This jellyfish might look kind of unassuming, but it's got some surprising long-range weaponry to catch its prey!

NSF coverage on our latest publication on stinging snot in Cassiopea!

Summary: In warm coastal waters around the world, swimmers can often spot large groups of jellyfish pulsing rhythmically on the seafloor. Unless properly prepared with protective clothing, it is best to steer clear of areas that Cassiopea, or upside-down jellyfish inhabit: getting too close can lead to irritating stings, even without direct contact.