Hello everyone! I’m Tori, aka your go-to in the Dantzer Lab as Ben’s lab manager. I am a multi-talented member of the lab that helps Ben keep things organized and running! I am a researcher, writer, self-teaching brainiac, website designer/editor, organization wizard, lab cheerleader, essentially I’m the jack of all trades in this lab.
I have a Master’s of Science in Biology, specifically Behavioral Ecology, from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. During my graduate degree, I did some amazing research into the effects of natural and anthropogenic light conditions on female mating behavior in Eastern gray treefrogs (Hyla versicolor) and published a 99-page thesis with my incredible advisor, Dr. Gerlinde Höbel. My path to the University of Michigan has been a very interesting one and I am thrilled to be a member of this amazing and productive lab. I am currently in the process of applying for Ph.D. programs to continue my path in academia, with a final goal of teaching the next generations of scientists as a professor.
Some fun facts about me:
- Cooking is my biggest hobby! I am an amazing chef, much to the dismay of any attempted diets in my house!
- I am a full-time dog mom to the best, neediest dog that anyone will ever meet (seriously, she’s such a goof!) and I talk about her non-stop, she’s my favorite hooman.
- I love nature, especially trees!
- I love to travel, my checklist so far includes many US spots (like the Garden of the Gods in Colorado-pictured above) as well as Australia, Ireland, and the Caribbean, with a France/Italy trip in the works!
- Writing and Biology are my life and loves, and if you spend your life in the pursuit of doing what you love, you don’t work a day in your life!