I grew up in Connecticut and received a BA in Biology from Bowdoin College in Maine in 2010. After I graduated, I spent the summer in the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. After, I headed west to explore the mountains and landed in Colorado where I spent the winter skiing, pulling espresso shots, and applying to graduate programs.

I joined the Meinzer lab in 2011 and earned my MS in Forest Ecosystems and Society in 2013 where I used tree ring carbon and oxygen stable isotopes to investigate the impacts of dwarf mistletoe on the physiology of host western hemlock.

As a PhD candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow, I studied the effects of short duration high temperature stress on the physiology of Coffea arabica, Pseudotsuga menziesii, and Pinus ponderosa seedlings using carbohydrate dynamics, gas exchange, chlorophyll fluorescence, and carbon isotope discrimination. I balanced research with science writing and wrote about plant physiological research for the Annals of Botany blog as well as about graduate student life for Inside Higher Ed’s GradHacker blog.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory learning new things everyday, particularly about the interactions among plants, soil microbial communities, and environmental stress.

In my spare time, you can find me exploring the southwest via trail running, mountain biking, and telemark skiing.