I am a broadly-trained plant community ecologist mainly interested in tropical forest canopies. I earned my PhD in 2020 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies working with Dr. Ellen Damschen. My PhD research focused on the ecology and community assembly of epiphytes in shade coffee farms in Nicaragua. I spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher working on the ecology of lightning in tropical rainforests in Dr. Steve Yanoviak’s lab at the University of Louisville. In July 2021 I began an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology working with Dr. Kate McCulloh at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cat Cardelús at Colgate University studying epiphyte morphological and physiological traits using plants in living collections at botanical gardens.

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I am also an amateur farmer, forager, orchid collector, coffee aficionado, bookworm, outdoor enthusiast, world traveler, and foodie. My goal in life is to own a house with a mango tree in the yard.