I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota working with Dr. Jeannine Cavender-Bares. We are using oak common gardens, herbarium collections and field measurements to investigate the evolution of drought tolerance (and suites of additional traits) across the diverse New World oak phylogeny. I’ve trained as a plant ecologist (University of Vermont). I am interested in investigating fundamental ecological processes driving species success and providing practical applications for species management. My research uses field surveys, manipulative experiments,empirically-derived parameters for models and field testing to validate species spread models. I have a particularly strong interest in populations out of control (too few or too many) and have conducted demographic studies in rare plant systems (Panax quinquefolius) and invasive plant systems, such as Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife) and Ailanthus altissima (tree-of-heaven). The majority of my research has been characterizing species habitat patterns and the underlying mechanisms that determine species abundance and spread. My PhD research delved into trait variation found between introduced and native populations.
Areas of interest: ecology, trait variation, invasive species, population biology, dispersal, cellular automata, environmental science, remote sensing, GIS, environmental policy, botany.