I am broadly interested in the ways in which land use and land management activities influence microbial community composition. My current research explores how microbial community composition and function change in response to drought.
I grew up exploring the desert around Phoenix, Arizona. I have worked as an Outdoor Recreation Planner with the Bureau of Land Management, as a Biological Science Technician for the National Park Service at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Olympic National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park, and as a Resource Advisor (READ/REAF) on a variety of large wildfires. For fun, I enjoy taking really, really long walks. In 2019, I completed a thru hike of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and have backpacked in many of the national parks and wilderness areas in the Western US. I love being outside and enjoy learning about the intricate ways in which ecosystems function.