Community Ecology, Chemical Ecology, and Climate Change
I am interested in understanding how plant communities respond to climate change through changes in plant traits, communication, and defense.
As a PhD student in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at Michigan State University in Dr. Phoebe Zarnetske's Spatial and Community Ecology Lab, my research focuses on how plants alter their traits and chemical emissions when undergoing multiple stressors in natural systems.
Prior to my PhD, I received my B.S. in Biology (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior) at Penn State Behrend, where I was advised by Dr. Michael Campbell. My lab work involved determining how potato fungal growth was suppressed when exposed to certain chemical compounds. I also interned at the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center, where I studied how Lake Erie's microclimate influences changes in air temperature and frost dates due to climate change.