Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Utah, Department of Biology
The root of my passion for nature began at a young age. Some of my earliest memories include bird watching with my mom and dissecting the mosses and lichens on the rocks outside my childhood home. As captain
of the Envirothon competition team and president of science club in high school, I continued to cultivate a desire to work in the field of conservation. I completed Bachelor of Science degrees in Wildlife Biology and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (2011). Following my undergraduate degree, I completed an M.S. degree in Botany in Dr. Tom A. Ranker’s lab at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s (2013). Through exploring and learning more about the morphology and adaptations of plants, I continued to develop a strong desire to work in tree canopies, where many epiphytes reside. This has led me to my current research pursuits in Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni's lab at the University of Utah's Department of Biology.