I am a second-year PhD student in the Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, where I serve as a research assistant in the Evolutionary Ecology Lab directed by Dr. Amy V. Whipple. My dissertation research at NAU concerns the epigenetics, genomics, and stress physiology of southwestern white pine (P. strobiformis). I am interested in understanding how organisms' environments influence their gene expression, and the influence of altered gene expression upon acclimation and adaptation of organisms to their environments. Prior to arriving at NAU, I completed a M.S. in biology at Idaho State University, in the Plant Ecology and Biostatistics lab directed by Dr. Ken Aho. There, I used molecular tools to study the ecology of fungal endosymbionts of the threatened whitebark pine (P. albicaulis) to understand whether the resistance of whitebark pines to a fungal pathogen could be improved by modifying pine microbiomes.