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I grew up in Northern Minnesota, then moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for college. I graduated summa cum laude from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Environmental Science, minoring in Chemistry. In 2011, I received an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. My thesis work included looking at the expression of 11-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 in placental tissue, metal concentrations in placental tissue, and how both relate to birth weight in Hamilton County, TN.  After graduation, I was adjunct faculty in the department became a full time lecturer in 2013. I teach Principles of Biology I, II and III. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, outdoor living and staying active.
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