Heather Mallory joined NCSSM in 2019 as an Instructor of Biology. She teaches AP Biology, Ecology, and Research in Biology. She earned her B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona, where she discovered a love of insects and spiders while studying their behavior in the searing desert heat. Her Ph.D. work at Georgetown University examined the behavioral ecology and brain development in insects, deepening her passion for the six- and eight-legged inhabitants of our planet. After Visiting Assistant Professorships at Washington and Lee University and Hamilton College she moved to beautiful Durham and began teaching high school courses. She currently spends her free time in her garden with her husband, dog, and bearded dragon.