I have a BS from the University of Connecticut in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I studied abroad in Costa Rica through the Council on International Education Exchange. This experience sparked my interest in the environment and incited my desire to return to the tropics.
I participated in an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program with Dr. William Eaton comparing microbial community composition in temperate and tropical rain forests. I received a MS in Biotechnology Science from Kean University in Union, NJ. I investigated the ecological role of an antifungal plant on belowground communities and associated nutrient cycling.
I received my PhD in Kathleen Treseder's lab from the University of California, Irvine. For my dissertation, I investigated how soil fungi may respond to climate change in a cloud forest in Costa Rica.
I am also passionate about science communication. I write articles for magazines, scripts for radio, op-ed pieces, and news articles for websites. Visit my Sci Comm page if you want to check out my work!
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