I am a conservation ecologist with a research focus on community and ecosystem responses to global change drivers. I received my BS from University of California, Irvine and went on to complete my PhD at Yale University, where I studied the roles of nutrient availability, climate, and herbivory in driving grassland community composition and ecosystem function. I spent a postdoc at University of California, Berkeley, studying how mutualistic interactions are impacted by global change drivers in the legume-rhizobia system. In 2017, I started as a Senior Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD. My research at SERC builds upon my history of examining the effects of human activities on the environment in natural and agricultural systems.
I love my job doing scientific research! Outside of work, I make pottery, play a lot of board games, and enjoy hiking and camping.