I am a tropical ecologist and currently a PhD candidate studying tropical ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. I am broadly interested in the diversity and dynamics of tropical ecosystems, particularly exploring how disturbance and environmental changes can alter the structure and function of tree communities in tropical forests.
Throughout my PhD, I have engaged in science communication and outreach outside of academia. I have worked with the Forests Dialogue to facilitate meetings that engage policy-makers and land managers in Gabon and DRC. I have also partnered with the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven to work as a volunteer docent in the Museum and develop curriculum for grade school programs; and have worked to curate photo exhibitions and host the Graduate Research Spotlight Series online.
Before graduate school, I worked on ecological and conservation-focused research projects in Central Africa, Central and South America, southwestern China, and Arizona and Ohio in the United States. I earned a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from the Ohio State University in 2014. I studied botanical illustration prior to working in research & academia. Outside of work, you may find me out hiking, rock climbing, or baking muffins.
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