My name is Sydney Birch, I am a Postdoc at UNCC in the Reitzel lab. I completed my PhD at UNH studying cnidarian sensory biology in the Plachetzki lab. I attended Michigan State University (MSU) for a BS in Zoology. My experiences at MSU are really what fueled my passion for research and education and narrowed my interests to marine biology and sensory biology.
At MSU I had many amazing opportunities, one of my most memorable was going on a study abroad to Antarctica (there are pictures to the right)! This experience really sealed the deal for me in wanting to explore the world and become a scientist.
In addition to science, I try to find time for my other interests. I enjoy spending time outdoors and doing activities like hiking, kayaking, and going to the beach. I also enjoy knitting and I'm a big fan of football and soccer.