I am a scientist and science communicator based in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Richards-Zawacki Lab,where I study the complex relationship between animals' eyes, their environment, and how they use color, shape, and movement to communicate. In particular, I am interested in how jumping spiders get their audience's attention when performing their spectacular courtship dances. My favorite part of science is sharing it with others through formal and informal teaching, science writing, social media, and outreach events. I was born in Colombia, and grew up in Forest Hills, NYC. In 2013, I earned a dual B.S. in Biology and Applied Physics at the University of Miami. In my free time, I enjoy video games, hiking, and wildlife photography. I also keep a small collection of arachnids that join me in my educational programs. I am pursuing a career in science communication, and am thrilled to join the team at the Philly Inquirer this summer!