Stephanie started out in the Hopkins Lab as an undergraduate volunteer, examining incubation temperature effects on wood ducklings (Aix sponsa). She then participated in the FLeDGE undergraduate research experience during her senior year, examining maternal transfer of mercury in northern watersnakes (Nerodia sipedon) as it relates to offspring performance and learning.
Stephanie received her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in May 2012. Her broad research interests include anthropogenic effects on aquatic organisms and its conservation implications. She hopes to continue working with reptiles.
In 2013, Stephanie accepted a graduate position at the College of William and Mary, working with Dr. Dan Cristol. She received her Masters degree in 2015.