I am a postdoc in Dr. Meryl Mims and Dr. Jeff Walters labs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I graduated in May 2020 with a Ph.D. in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Oklahoma and was advised by Dr. Caryn Vaughn. In the spring of 2015, I completed my masters in Applied Geography as a student of Dr. Steve Wolverton at the University of North Texas. While not completing fieldwork or reading about stream ecosystems, I am probably cheering on Never Mrs., the women's ultimate team at OU.
Geographic Ecology & Conservation
Community Ecology of Stream Ecosystems -- Freshwater mussels often requires a host fish to complete its transformation into a juvenile. Pairing this with how mussels impact food webs, the relationships within stream communities are impacted by the presence and diversity of freshwater mussels.
Geographic Ecology of Freshwater Mussels -- Freshwater mussels are diverse taxonomically and functionally; I am interested in how mussels' functional niche varies across broad scales [space for now, perhaps time in the future].
Applied Zooarchaeology of Freshwater Mussels – Using shell remains found in archaeological contexts as evidence of past freshwater mussel communities, past communities can be used as a benchmark for conservation or evidence of past stream environments.
University of Oklahoma
Intro to Quantitative Biology teaching assistant
Ecology teaching assistant
Stream Ecology teaching assistant
Authentic Research in Introductory Biology - A Laboratory Course
University of North Texas
Earth Sciences Lab Instructor
Biology for Educators Lab Instructor