PhD Candidate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Colorado, Boulder
Local adaptations and forest disturbance-- I study tree defenses against insects and fungi along climatic/elevational gradients. My goal is to understand how adaptations to local conditions will influence interactions among trees and pests as climate change promotes disturbances and insect range shifts (advised by Jeffry Mitton).
Microbial community assembly and structure-- I study soil microbial community assembly following disturbances such as wildfires and tree death. My goal is to understand how microbial communities 'reassemble' and influence ecosystem processes after disturbances of varying intensity (collaboration with Diana Nemergut, CU, Boulder). Forest disturbance ecology-- I study the responses of ground-dwelling arthropods and understory vegetation to overstory tree death in conifer forests of the mountain west. My goal is to understand how disturbances that cause tree death influences forest ecology across spatial and temporal gradients (work done at the CU-Mountain Research Station).