My life's passion is to apply the most "cutting veg" (get it- cutting edge for plants!) research to increase the success of restoration and conservation projects while inspiring people from all walks of life to care about plant communities and global change. Currently, I am collaborating with Grand Teton National Park to conduct surveys of intact and restored sagebrush steppe communities and to analyze a data set of these sagebrush communities that spans a decade. Our goals are to determine what drives the trajectories of the restored communities, how restored and intact communities differ temporally, and whether we can make reliable predictions about species level responses to yearly changes in climate. We will measure functional traits, or physical traits of plants known to relate to a plant's ecological strategy and environmental response, to help with these analyses and predictions. I also enjoy botanizing everywhere I go and telling everyone I see along the way to stop and smell the flowers (and of course to check out the gorgeous grasses I see too).
My opinions are my own and not those of the National Park Service.
Career Status: Graduate Student
Research Areas: Botany, Ecology, Ecophysiology, Environmental Plant Biology, Education and Outreach
Highlights (see CV for more):
- Field studies and Conservation committees- Colorado Native Plant Society (2020)
- Contributor at Envirobites.com (2020)
- Outreach volunteer for Wyoming NASA Space Grant Science Kitchen which brings exciting hand-on science activities into K-12 schools (2019-2020)
- Speaker at various events including Science on Tap (Laramie, WY) and community events hosted by Green Aberdeen (Aberdeen, SD). (2017-2020)
- Activity leader for K-12 engagement events put on by USFWS and SD Game, Fish and Parks