For my PhD, I am interested in the effects of isolation on epiphyte communities in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I am studying in Dr. Nalini Nadkarni's lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Utah. The goal of this project is to assist with understanding the impacts of human disturbance on tropical epiphyte ecology and populations. Broadly, I am interested in pursuing research related to tropical ecology, botany, conservation and population genetics.
Additionally, as a graduate student I have continued to develop my teaching skills, and am very passionate about bringing excitement and enthusiasm to teaching botany and other realms of natural science. I am also dedicated to service and volunteering and am therefore interested in working with communities while performing my doctoral research. I plan to work with local communities in Monteverde to better understand the conservation concerns of the area.
In August 2014, I also became the program coordinator of the International Canopy Network (ICAN), a non-profit organization, which is devoted to facilitating the interaction of people interested in forest canopies and forest ecosystems.
ICAN has a tri-annual newsletter, What's Up?, which aims to present current and upcoming research and efforts in forest and canopy science. I became a co-editor of this newsletter also in August 2014.