My research involves the role of ecology in driving evolution in plants. This involves a combination of field research and collections, along with a healthy dose of lab-based genetic research.
I like to think about life and the hidden patterns of relationships between organisms and their environments.
Aside from satisfying a simple curiosity about the development of biological diversity, my field of study has practical implications for conservation efforts, land management, and for understanding the roles of ecological alterations on the future of species.
University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
Ph.D. in Biological Education, 2014
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
M.S. in Biology, 2009
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
B.S. Plant Biology, 2006
Currently I am conducting research into the evolution and taxonomy of several Phlox species in the southeast. I am also working on enhancing the Emory & Henry Herbarium from a small teaching herbarium to a more up-to-date and robust collection.