I graduated from both Hawaii Pacific University, with a BA in Human Resource Management, and I received a BS in Biology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
I also received a Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences at the University of Hawaii, Manoa working on ecophysiological studies on invasive and endemic plant species and also I conducted studies focused on plant water relations, with Professor Guillermo Goldstein and Rick Meinzer as my Ph.D. Advisers.
After my Ph.D., I worked with Missy Holbrook at Harvard University as a Post-Doctorate Fellow for several years working on plant water relation studies before taking a tenure line position at Ithaca College in 2002.
Research Areas: Abiotic Interactions, Botany, Ecology, Ecophysiology, Education and Outreach, Environmental Plant Biology, Physiology
Northeastern American Society of Plant Biology Section Officer: Executive Committee Member
Membership Committee ASPB