I am a tropical ecologist and, currently, a PhD candidate at the Yale School of the Environment in the Comita & Queenborough labs. I am broadly interested in the diversity and dynamics of tropical ecosystems, particularly exploring how disturbance and environmental changes can alter tropical forest structure and function. My dissertation work explores how selectively logged forests change and recover across life stages and over time in the Monts de Cristal region of Gabon.
Throughout my PhD, I have engaged in outreach work with several wonderful organizations. With the Forests Dialogue, I helped to facilitate meetings that engaged policy-makers and land managers in Gabon and DRC. With the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, I have worked as volunteer docent, developed curriculum for grade school programs, co-curated photo exhibitions, and currently host online webinars for the museum's public programs.
Before graduate school, I worked on ecological and conservation-focused research 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 cooking a big meal to share with friends.
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