Robin Costello is a Ph.D. candidate in the Brodie Lab at the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. Robin’s dissertation research explores how environmental spatial structure influences social interactions and evolutionary processes. She spends summers conducting her research at Mountain Lake Biological Station, a UVA research station in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia. Robin balances her research with teaching. Each summer, she mentors students through the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates. Robin designed and taught an upper-level seminar course (Behavioral Ecology and Evolution: Planet Earth) as the Department of Biology’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow. Now, she serves as a graduate consultant for UVA’s Center for Teaching Excellence. Robin received her B.A. in biology from Dartmouth College. When not researching or teaching, Robin enjoys hiking and kayaking outdoors, practicing yoga, drinking tea, and reading novels.