I am an ecologist interested in the responses of plant communities to climate change, and community and population dynamics of non-native plants. Currently, I am a PhD student in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. My academic adviser is Dr. Seastedt, and I work as a graduate research assistant at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR).
I‟ve been fascinated with nature since picking apart flowers and digging up roots as a child, but I became interested in applied research while in college. I studied Biology at Colorado College from 2000-2004. For the next three summers, I worked as a seasonal biological technician conducting plant surveys on the San Isabel National Forest in Colorado. I went on to obtain my M.S. in Botany from Idaho State University in 2008. I then worked as a vascular botanist in Denali National Park in Alaska for a summer before starting my PhD research.