I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Biology at Tufts University studying how songbirds are able to rapidly switch between singing a messy song when by themselves, and singing a cleaner or more "stereotyped" song when around potential mates. I am particularly interested in understanding how chemical messengers in the brain might contribute to this behavior. When I'm not listening to birds' songs, I write popular science stories for Outside JEB, a section of the Journal of Experimental Biology that highlights relevant research in other journals for its readers. I also contribute news stories to Tufts University's online news site, TuftsNow. In my free time, you can find me curled up with a good fiction novel, dancing my heart out, or trying new flavors of ice cream. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write for the Dallas Morning News this summer as a AAAS Mass Media Fellow.