Stephanie F. Loria is a native New Yorker. She first came to the AMNH as a high school student participating in the High School Science Research Program. In 2011, she completed her B.S. at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN graduating with honors in Enivornmental Studies: Ecology and Biodiversity. Loria's interest in invertebrates initiated as an undergraduate when she conducted a study examining population structure of North American cave millipedes. In 2010, she worked at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago as an NSF REU intern studying the evolution of Malagasy Giant Pill-Millipedes under the guidance of Thomas Wesener and Petra Sierwald. Loria entered the Ph.D. program at the Richard Gilder Graduate school in 2011. She hopes to do her Ph.D. dissertation in the Scorpion Systematics under the direction of Lorenzo Prendini on the evolution of the scorpion family Chaerilidae. Her research interests include arachnids and myriapods with particular focus on the evolution of cave invertebrates.