Hailey hails from Nome, Alaska, where she wandered the tundra around her childhood home, while exploring arctic fox dens, chasing bumblebees, hunting moose and picking berries with her family. Hailey worked with the University of Alaska’s integrated pest management (IPM) team for three years before moving south for school. In Vermont, Montana, and Massachusetts, she worked on farms and ranches and became fascinated by the juxtaposition of commercial agriculture, small farms, and humanity’s hunter-gatherer roots. Along the way, she got distracted and fell in love with the curious behavioral diversity of insects. Hailey has been working in honey bee behavior research since 2010, first at Wellesley College and starting in 2015 as a PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Like Nathan, she is multifacited: bee expert, graphic designer, precision solderer, and she can also race a dog sled.  

        Hailey hails from Nome, Alaska, where she wandered the tundra around her childhood home, while exploring arctic fox dens, chasing bumblebees, hunting moose and picking berries with her family. Hailey worked with the University of Alaska’s integrated pest management (IPM) team for three years before moving south for school. In Vermont, Montana, and Massachusetts, she worked on farms and ranches and became fascinated by the juxtaposition of commercial agriculture, small farms, and humanity’s hunter-gatherer roots. Along the way, she got distracted and fell in love with the curious behavioral diversity of insects. Hailey has been working in honey bee behavior research since 2010, first at Wellesley College and starting in 2015 as a PhD student at Cornell University in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior. Like Nathan, she is multifacited: bee expert, graphic designer, precision solderer, and she can also race a dog sled.  

    Nathan's early childhood in the Philippines instilled in him an appreciation for the wonderful complexity of nature. After studying electrical engineering as well as natural sciences at Penn State, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry before realizing biology is his true passion. He subsequently moved to Seattle to join a cloud-computing big-data genomics startup. After that business reached the end of its runway, he worked as an engineer for a machine learning/visual analytics startup in the Bay Area, and then shifted to cloud computing and data science for a pharmaceutical company in Westchester, NY. Nathan and Combplex cofounder, Hailey, met at Cornell University where they took a class on using game theory to model animal behavioral evolution. They have been collaborators since. He is currently a third year PhD student at Cornell, where he studies Computational Biology and looks forward to continuing to wear many hats as Combplex grows.

    Nathan's early childhood in the Philippines instilled in him an appreciation for the wonderful complexity of nature. After studying electrical engineering as well as natural sciences at Penn State, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry before realizing biology is his true passion. He subsequently moved to Seattle to join a cloud-computing big-data genomics startup. After that business reached the end of its runway, he worked as an engineer for a machine learning/visual analytics startup in the Bay Area, and then shifted to cloud computing and data science for a pharmaceutical company in Westchester, NY. Nathan and Combplex cofounder, Hailey, met at Cornell University where they took a class on using game theory to model animal behavioral evolution. They have been collaborators since. He is currently a third year PhD student at Cornell, where he studies Computational Biology and looks forward to continuing to wear many hats as Combplex grows.