I am a biocultural anthropologist specializing in evolutionary biology and primatology. I earned my Master of Arts degree in Anthropology at California State University, Fullerton. The major focus of my graduate level research was behavioral ecology of nonhuman primates, more specifically, behavioral and physiological adaptations in relation to social environment. My graduate level education also includes an emphasis in museum studies, and museum exhibit design and curation. I also study human primates, and am particularly interested in ethnomusicology and grassroots music communities. I am currently working on my PhD at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and will continue to teach classes at Saddleback College, El Camino College, and Cypress College while I work on my doctoral thesis. I am an outreach educator and volunteer coordinator at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California. My husband Mark and I are Onshore Volunteers for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. My volunteer work and activism focus on animal welfare, primate conservation, ocean conservation, and wildlife/habitat conservation. I am a member of an international grassroots music community based in the U.S., and I coordinate a branch of over 2,000 worldwide members via social networking. Courses I currently teach: Biological Anthropology, Biological Anthropology Lab, Cultural Anthropology, Primate Behavior / The World of Primates, Introduction to Archaeology, Music and Identity in World Music Cultures, Issues and History in Popular Music, and Independent Study in Anthropology.