Advisor: Gary Peter
I completed my B.A. in environmental science from Colorado College in 2015 and was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2018 to support my graduate career in the Forest Genomics Lab at UF. My current research focus is to elucidate genetic and molecular mechanisms related to terpene production in southern pines with the goal of increasing pine terpene availability. Increasing terpene availability can 1) increase resistance to insects and pathogens and 2) be tapped for use as biofuels; two objectives that are well aligned with altered forest ecology and economy due to climate change. When I’m not in the lab or in the field, you can find me trail running with my dog or trail riding with my horse.