In 2014, I received my B.S in Biology at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. There, I researched alternative ageing methods for Ocean sunfish in the lab of Dr. John Jahoda and Carol Carson. As a Student Conservation Association intern through Ocmuglee National Monument and Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in Central Georgia, I gained diverse experience including, sea turtle monitoring, red-cockaded woodpecker banding, and prescribed burning. In 2016-2017, I was a biological science technician in the Northeast for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge and the Rhode Island Refuge Complex. There, I was involved in a large interagency project that used radio telemetry to monitor the movement of migratory shorebird species. Currently, I am a forestry technician at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, where I assist with wildland firefighting and prescribed burning to manage habitat for endangered species in the Southeast.
My graduate research will be in collaboration with both the Odum School of Ecology and the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, under the stewardship of Dr. Krista Capps, Dr. Mary Freeman, and Dr. Steve Golladay. I will be researching the trophic ecology of southeastern fish communities.
My interest in stream ecology began during a Tropical Ecology Program through Boston University in the Amazon region of Ecuador. There, I conducted observational studies in macroinvertebrate ecology and succession, and completed plant surveys. Then, as an undergraduate student in the Odum School of Ecology, I worked as a lab technician in Dr. Capps’ lab and primarily assisted one of her graduate students with experimental work examining metal pollution and nutrient cycling in streams. In the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to continue working in the Capps Lab, conducting independent research examining the effects of resource stoichiometry on larval mosquito survival and development in conjunction with researchers in the Department of Entomology. I also interned in the Athens-Clarke County’s Stormwater Management office to pursue interests in challenges associated with aging wastewater infrastructure.