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Ph.D., Biology (2016)
Wake Forest University
Advisor: T. Michael Anderson

B.A., Biology (2009)
Monmouth College
Magna cum laude

Research Appointments & Work Experience

Current                     Postdoctoral Research Associate
Michigan State University (Dr. Jessica Miesel)

2010 – 2011              Laboratory manager
North Carolina State University (Dr. Brian Langerhans)

2009 – 2010             Laboratory technician
University of Oklahoma (Dr. Brian Langerhans)

2008                          National Science Foundation REU
Chicago Botanic Garden (Dr. Francesca McInerney)

2007                          Undergraduate researcher
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (ACM program in Ecology & Human Evolution)

Awards & Recognitions

2015 – WFU Vecellio award ($1224)
2014 – CSU Summer Soil Institute tuition scholarship ($500)
Decagon G.A. Harris instrumentation fellowship ($5000)
WFU Vecellio award ($1275)
2013 – WFU Richter fellowship ($5000)
Elton Cocke travel award ($200)
2012 – WFU Tuttle-Newhall award ($500)
2009 – Monmouth College biology department award
Tri-Beta outstanding scholarship award
Frank G. Brooks award for excellence in oral presentation of research

Professional Development

Journal Reviewer
Acta Physiologica Plantarum, Functional Ecology, Plant and Soil, Science of Nature

Southeastern Ecology and Evolution conference, “Stress-induced silicon uptake in Serengeti grasses and associated physiological costs”

Educational Training
Colorado State University Summer Soil Institute (2015)
The Georgia R School: Introduction to R for Statistical Analysis I & II (2011)

Teaching & Outreach

Teaching Assistant, Bio 101: Biology and the Human Condition (8 semesters)

Teaching Assistant, Bio 113: Intro to Ecology and Evolution (2 semesters)

Genetics educational outreach (4 years, see video on Dr. Gloria Muday’s project here)

Volunteer science fair judge, Hanes Magnet School, Winston-Salem NC

Garden club volunteer, Ken Carlson Boys and Girls Club, Winston-Salem, NC