I'm a Freshwater and Marine Science Ph.D. student interested in invasion and community ecology. My ecological work with Dr. Jake Vander Zanden is complemented by molecular biology support from UW-Madison's Genome Center of Wisconsin Professor Patrick Krysan, as I look outside the box for new ways to approach questions within conservation and ecology.
I am interested in the study, managment, and risk assessment of invasive species, their interface with humans, and their impacts on natural systems, mostly aquatic. Past and current species of interest include Hemimysis anomala, Trachemys scripta elegans, Bythotrephes longimanus, and Dreissena polymorpha.
2015 - Present
University of Wisconsin - Madison
PhD Student, Freshwater and Marine Sciences
Dr. Jake Vander Zanden, Center for Limnology
Dr. Patrick Krysan, Genome Center of Wisconsin
Environmental DNA (eDNA) has emerged as an important tool for answering ecological questions. Refining the eDNA technique, employing it for invasive species monitoring, and expanding its utility beyond invasion ecology particularly interest me.
2011 - 2015
University of Notre Dame
BS, Environmental Sciences
Advisor: Dr. David Lodge
My interest in community ecology arose out of the impacts of invasive species. A comprehensive understanding of the intereactions in a system is critical for predicting and managing impacts brought on by invasive species and other agents of global change.