My research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic impacts on plant communities. This includes factors considered to have a negative impact on the plant community, such as invasive species or agricultural land use legacies, as well as those considered to be positive, such as ecological restoration and land management. I hope to better understand how these factors work together to mold plant community composition and function in order to promote effective land management decisions.
I joined the Brudvig lab in the fall of 2012 after earning a B.A. in Environmental Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University (’11). As an undergraduate, I conducted a research project analyzing population levels of Red-tailed Hawks and American Kestrels and their relation to latitude using five years of winter raptor survey data. I worked four field seasons in Illinois and Nevada, where I became fascinated by the way in which the plant community acts as an interesting and practical foundation for projects aimed at restoration and conservation.
Michigan State University
Department of Plant Biology