I research, write, collaborate, and educate in my work as a PhD candidate in the Brodie lab at the University of Virginia. In my research, I combine theory and fieldwork to explore the ecology and evolution of species interactions among plants and their arthropod consumers. My field research at Mountain Lake Biological Station focuses on the toxic perennial wildflower Amianthium muscaetoxicum and its interactions with a community of primarily beetle foragers.
I am the 2021-22 co-president of the UVA Biology Department’s Graduate Student and Postdoc Association (GSPA).
I am also a representative on the American Society of Naturalists Graduate Council.
In addition to doing science, I’m passionate about sharing science with broad audiences through writing, podcasting, and more.
When I’m not buried in flowers, bugs, books, or my laptop screen, I read history, sing, sketch, cook, and adventure in nature.