I am an ecosystem ecologist with over a decade of research and natural resources management experience better understanding the effects of natural and human-induced disturbance on biological diversity and resilience of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Over the last several year, I've been particularly engaged in urban ecology and how a long history of systemic environmental racism and economic inequities pair with climate change and infrastructure disinvestment which has lasting destructive impact on human and ecological health as a result of increased flooding, heat, and habitat loss. I have been drawn to this field and work through my work throughout Ellerbe Creek watershed in Durham, NC with Duke Biology, Duke River Center, and Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, incredible community partners, and funders like River Network, ASTC, The Conservation Fund.
I am also increasingly interested how the frequency and duration of flooding regimes impact forest communities in riverine floodplains. Since 2020 I have worked with The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to conducting an in-depth data analysis of plants responses to flooding along the lower Roanoke River. Here, biologically diverse forests are experiencing inundation stress due to altered hydro-periods due to climate change and upstream dam controls.
I am currently a lab manager in Dr. Emily Bernhardt's #DukeBGC lab at Duke University and the Duke River Center. Recently, I was also the Data & Monitoring Coordinator for Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association in Durham, NC in 2020-2022 focusing on watershed hydrology, water quality, and Creek Watchers, a new community-led participatory research program.
Throughout my early career as an ecologist, I have studied:
"The Seeds of Ghost Forests"
DURHAM CREEK WATCHERS
ECOSYSTEM DATA VISUALIZATION
MICROBIOME STRESS PROJECT