I am originally from Venezuela where I obtained my B. S., with an emphasis in Ecology, from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. My passion for field work with birds and traveling led me to participate in multiple research projects studying wild birds. I’ve done field research in the desert, the central plains, and the cloud forest in Venezuela, and also in unusual and charming places, such as Friesland, The Netherlands. After having a lot of fun mist-netting birds in the cloud forest, watching the behaviors of the Ruffs, and meeting wonderful people along the way, I returned to school for my Masters.
I obtained my M. S. degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. For my Master’s thesis I studied female mate preference in the Malawian Cichlid Metriaclima zebra.
For my PhD I studied cognition and female mate choice in parakeets in Tim Wright's lab.