A Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I am advised by Dr. Jake Vander Zanden of the UW Center for Limnology and Dr. Patrick Krysan of the Genome Center of Wisconsin. I am from Mokena, IL, and hold a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, where I studied under Dr. David Lodge.
MY LATEST RESEARCH
"CSI: Mendota," the story of how environmental DNA (eDNA) can help us detect invasive species in the same way a forensic scientist catches criminals, will be published in the June 2016 issue of Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine.
Zebra mussels were discovered by UW-Madison undergraduates in Lake Mendota in the fall of 2015. I will lead a monitoring effort to track their densities and effects on the ecosystem as the invasion event unfolds.