I am currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University in Dr. Richard Kobe's research group. I am working toward a dual-Ph.D. in the Department of Forestry and the Department of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. In addition, I have completed a certification in Forest Carbon Science, Policy, and Management and am working toward a certificate in Arc GIS.
My research interests in plant ecology center on understanding the assembly and maintenance of tree communities through space and time. For my dissertation, I am working to disentangle the interactions between tree seedlings and soil microbes (mycorrhizae and pathogens), and how these interactions shape light-gradient partitioning and shade tolerance.
For my post-doctoral research, I would like to investigate how wildland fires influence plant-soil feedbacks and forest succession. In particular, I am interested in how microbial communities shift post-fire and how that affects which tree species are best able to re-establish within that space.
News and Upcoming Events - 2019
November - I plan on presenting the preliminary results of a review on fire effects on plant-soil feedback and hosting a Fire Circle with Dr. Andy Vander Yacht at the Association for Fire Ecology International Fire Ecology and Management Conference in Tuscon, AZ.
August - I am presenting one of my dissertation chapters at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY.