I am currently a doctoral candidate at Michigan State University in Dr. Richard Kobe's research group, dual-advised by Dr. Sarah McCarthy-Neumann. I am working toward a dual-Ph.D. in the Department of Forestry and the Department of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior.
Research Interests: forest ecology and community dynamics, microbial ecology, plant-soil feedbacks, fire ecology, forest management for restoration
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.
I am currently looking for a post-doctoral position in forest ecology on the west coast (CA preferred). Please contact me if you are interested.
News and Upcoming Events - 2019
I plan on presenting the preliminary results of a review f 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 17-19 I attended ComSciCon 2019, a workshop designed to train and empower graduate students to communicate their research effectively to broad audiences.
August 11-16 I gave an oral presentation at the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY. Tree seedling shade tolerance arises from interactions with microbes and low light.