Northern Arizona University
I'm currently a Ph.D. candidate at Northern Arizona University in the Department of Biological Sciences. My focus is broadly soil ecology, and I have experience working in temperate rainforests, seasonally dry tropical forests, and now grasslands of the midwestern US. My previous Ph.D. work was based in Minnesota at a long-term environmental change experiment (BioCON) to determine patterns in bacterial and mycorrhizal fungal communities under elevated CO2 and N fertilization.
I've always had an appreciation for nature, but not until I learned about common mycorrhizal networks as an undergraduate in Washington state did I truly understand how intricate and balanced an ecosystem can be. The idea that below our feet is an amazing unseen world that in many ways mimics our aboveground world is both amazing and bewildering.
Many questions in soil ecology have already been answered, but even more have not. That's where I come in. This research has taken me around the world, and I hope it continues to give me that opportunity in the future.