Caitlin is a first year GK-12 graduate teaching fellow and a fifth year doctoral student at the CUNY Graduate Center.
After completing a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Vassar College, she worked as an experiential maritime educator at the San Francisco National Maritime Park Association, where she taught students to perform maritime based activities during an overnight field trip program aboard a traditional tall ship. She came to NYC in 2006 to start an MA in Psychology at Hunter College (CUNY) with a concentration in Animal Behavior and Conservation. After completing her Masters, focused on the social facilitation of learning in cockroaches, she entered the Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She works with Dr. Christopher B. Braun at Hunter College, studying signaling behavior in weakly electric fishes; her doctoral work incorporates a mix of behavioral and hormonal techniques to better understand the dynamics of dominance signaling in the genus Steatogenys. Caitlin expects to receive her Ph.D. in the fall of 2013.
Outside of her PhD program, Caitlin continues her lifelong love of sailing by working as a professional schooner captain in New York Harbor.
As a GK-12 graduate teaching fellow, she is developing a course in which students learn how the nervous system processes incoming sensory information. Her course focuses on the ways in which students can design simple experiments to observe how the nervous system works, making neuroscience visible to the naked eye and instilling a working knowledge of the scientific method and experimental design.