About Me

I am an ecologist and visiting assistant professor of biology at Utica College in Utica, NY. I'm finishing my PhD in the Leopold Lab at SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY.

My grad research focuses on rare wetland plant communities and their conservation: I am currently working with the US Fish and Wildlife Service to update the status of federally-protected Houghton's goldenrod (Solidago houghtonii). I'm also collaborating with Dr. Sara Scanga to analyze spreading globeflower (Trollius laxus) status at Nelson Swamp Unique Area in Nelson, NY.

In my past life, I was a high school biology teacher in southeastern PA and a seasonal naturalist for various county parks, national wildlife refuges, and national parks. I also worked as a research tech studying grassland and forest songbird communities, and granivorous ground beetles in ag fields.

I am passionate about natural history, education, and conservation, and particularly love when those three things can be combined. When I'm not teaching or figuring out why my R code isn't working, I love to botanize, bird, garden with native plants, and read.


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