I'm an ecosystem ecologist studying the effects of natural and human-induced stress and disturbance on biodiversity and ecosystem function. I'm currently a lab manager in Dr. Emily Bernhardt's aqua-terrestrial biogeochemistry lab in the Dept. of Biology at Duke University, and a M.S. student in the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State University with Dr. Marcelo Ardon-Sayao. My thesis work is investigating plant response diversity to gradients of salinity stress in forested freshwater wetlands of the Pamlimarle Peninsula of North Carolina.
While at Duke I've study community response to altered fire regimes in the Sandhills region, salt water intrusion into freshwater wetlands, and the environmental implications of manmade nanomaterials on ecosystem function in wetland and terrestrial mesocosms. Throughout my early career as a biologist/ecologist, 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.