I'm an ecosystem ecologist studying the effects of natural and human-induced disturbance and stress on biodiversity and ecosystem function. Currently, I am a lab manager in Dr. Emily Bernhardt's aqua-terrestrial biogeochemistry lab in the Biology Dept. at Duke University, and a masters student in the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources at N.C. State University advised by Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao. My thesis work is investigating the response diversity of plants to salinity stress in freshwater forested wetlands in the N.C. Coastal Plain.
During my 8 years doing research at Duke I've study community response to altered fire regimes in the Sandhills of N.C., seawater intrusion into freshwater wetlands on the Pamlimarle Peninsula, and the environmental implications of manmade nanomaterials on ecosystem function in wetland and terrestrial mesocosms. Throughout my early career as a biologist, I've done research in plant community ecology, fire ecology, freshwater wetland ecology, ecotoxicology, and ecological restoration. It's been an incredible journey working alongside researchers and students from a long list of academic institutions, and state and federal agencies throughout the last decade.