I am a PhD candidate at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station working with Dr. Jennifer Lau. I am broadly interested in biodiversity loss in response to global change, with a focus on drivers of plant extinctions. I combine historical data, trait-based and phylogenetic approaches, demographic models, and field experiments to investigate patterns of species loss, identify traits associated with extinction risk, and evaluate the demographic effects of global changes on locally extinct species. I hope this work will help us make better predictions of future extinction risk for threatened species. I also work extensively with KBS's science education & outreach programs - see 'News' for outreach events!
Previously, I worked on ecological genetics and life history patterns in Campanula americana with Dr. Laura Galloway at the University of Virginia and as a field assistant at Mountain Lake Biological Station, VA. My research there focused on variation in germination patterns in C. americana across a latitudinal temperature gradient.
I have also worked in both environmental education and policy, as a naturalist with AmeriCorps at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, VA, and as an intern at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, VA.
I'm currently at Kellogg Biological Station working with Dr. Jen Lau, and will be joining the Peterson Lab at UGA in Fall 2020!