I'm a forest and freshwater ecologist studying the effects of natural and human-induced disturbance on biological diversity and resilience of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. I am currently the Lab Manager for Dr. Emily Bernhardt's #DukeBGC lab at Duke University, and the Watershed Data & Monitoring Coordinator for Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association focusing on watershed hydrology, water quality, and community-led science (Creek Watershed program). As of late, I have been particularly interested in the how long history of systemic environmental racism and economic inequities have had lasting destructive impact on green-space access, biological diversity, destructive pluvial flooding, and human health in cities.
Recently, I have also worked with The Nature Conservancy as Water Resources Fellow funded by NSF to conducted an in-depth data analysis of flooding frequency and duration on plant communities in riverine floodplains along the Roanoke River over the last 20 years. Here, biologically diverse forests are experiencing inundation stress due to altered hydro-periods due to climate change and upstream dam controls.
I have a master's degree from the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources at N.C. State University. My thesis work investigated the sensitivity of trees and understory plants to salt stress in freshwater forested wetlands and marshes on the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. I also have a B.S. in Conservation Biology from the Dept. of Environmental Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF/Syracuse University.
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My research interests include: conservation biology, freshwater wetlands, plant community ecology, stewardship, community-led research, ecological restoration, fire ecology, and ecotoxicology,
"The Seeds of Ghost Forests"