I grew up on Okinawa Island, the southernmost and biodiverse subtropical island of Japan. I then left home for Chicago and received my AB in Biological Sciences (with specialization in Neuroscience) from the University of Chicago. I thoroughly enjoyed academic research during my undergraduate years studying amphetamine sensitization in rats with the Vezina lab. After a brief exposure to theoretical ecology in a class, I decided to pursue ecology and evolutionary biology, spending 2 years after college in the Bergelson lab and the Dwyer lab. I obtained my PhD from Cornell in 2017, studying theoretical ecology under Prof. Stephen Ellner.
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