Sources of Funding & Support - Thank you!


I am very greatful to have received funding and support for my research and salary from the following entities and persons. 


Assistant Professor

  • Auburn University, Intramural Grants Program. 2017-2019

  • Auburn University, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science and Mathematics


Post-doctoral Fellowship

  • 2013-2015  James S. McDonnell Foundation, Postdoctoral Fellowship Award in Complexity Science. Evolution of molecular networks and complex traits. $200,000.

  • Nutrition and Obesity Research Center and the Office of Energetics

  • Dr. David Allison, Dr. Julia Gohlke, Richard Sarver, Sarah Peek, Sarah Brooks, Phylis Morris


Doctorate Degree

  • 2010-2012 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (NSF-DDIG); Unraveling the genetic basis for complex life-history traits in natural populations of garter snakes. ($14,981)

  • 2010-2011 National Science Foundation, GK-12 Fellowship; Promoting a GREEN workforce.

  • 2009 Iowa Academy of Sciences; Sex-specific gene expression involved in stress response ($5000).

  • 2009 Iowa State University, Liberal Arts & Sciences Computation Advisory Committee; BCBLab Mobile Computing Project ($30,906)

  • 2008 Sigma Xi, Grant-in-Aid of Research; Reptile Telomerase ($1000)

  • 2008 Iowa State University, EEOB Student Research Award; Reptile Telomerase ($450)

  • 2007 National Science Foundation, Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training Program (NSF-IGERT) in Computational Molecular Biology; 2 year Graduate Fellowship

  • 2007 F. Wendell Miller Scholarship; Graduate Fellowship; Declined.

  • Iowa State University, the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, and the Integrative Genetics Graduate Program.

  • Drs. Anne Bronikowski, Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, Drena Dobbs, Jonathan Wendel, Chriss Tuggel


Masters Degree

  • 2003, 2000  University of South Florida Travel Award to present graduate research at a national meeting.

  • 2002, 2001, 1999  Arcadia National Wildlife Inc Grant. Research on gopher tortoise population genetics.

  • 2001  Eloise Gerry Fellowship, Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science. Research on gopher tortoise genetics.

  • Chelonian Research Foundation Grant. Linnaeus Fund. Research on gopher tortoise population genetics.

  • 2000  Summer Graduate Tharpe Research  Fellowship from University of South Florida.

  • University of South Florida, Department of Biology

  • Drs. Steven Karl, Henry Mushinski


Undergraduate Degree

  • 1998  Undergraduate Research Assistantship at Iowa State University; Population Genetics

  • 1998  Program for Women in Science and Engineering Summer Internship; Genetic sexing of birds.

  • 1997  George M. Ricketts Zoology and Genetics Scholarship.

  • 1994  State of Iowa Scholar Scholarship.

  • 1994  Iowa State University Academic Recognition Scholarship.

  • 1994  Lee County Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship.

  • Drs. Bonnie Bowen, Carol Vleck, and Fred Janzen


Fort Madison High School


My Family!


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