Bio


I am a plant ecologist, botanist, and naturalist. I am broadly interested in microbial ecology, canopy ecology, and their intersections with the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) of Native Americans. I completed my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics with the Ricklefs Lab at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. I am currently a postdoc researcher at the Fukami Lab, Stanford University, where I will be applying my analytical skills in microbial DNA sequencing to understand: (1) the community assembly of monkeyflower nectar microbes and (2) the effects of wildfires and prescribed burning on microbial communities associated with California oaks.

My previous and ongoing research projects include:‚Äč
FIRES AND TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE
SPECIES RANGE SIZES AND SPECIES RARITY
SOIL MICROBIAL COMMUNITIES
SPECIES DELIMITATION AND GENE FLOW
CANOPY ECOLOGY

Academic Appointments


Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Missouri-St. Louis, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (2022)
  • B.Sc., Sun Yat-Sen University, Life Sciences (2017)