I'm a conservation ecologist studying the effects of natural and human-induced disturbance on biological diversity and resilience of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. I am currently a Research Associate and Lab Manager in Dr. Emily Bernhardt's lab at Duke University, and Program Manager for the Water Management Program at Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association.
In early 2020, I worked with The Nature Conservancy, NC Chapter as Water Resources Intern funded by NSF. At TNC, I conducted an in-depth data analysis of flooding 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.
I have studied:
My research interests include: conservation, freshwater wetlands,
plant community ecology, stewardship, ecological restoration, fire ecology, and ecotoxicology,
"The Seeds of Ghost Forests"