Needle Cast diseases of west coast Douglas-fir
“Phylogenetic identification of pathogenic and endophytic fungal populations in west coast Douglas-fir foliage.”
Thousand Cankers Disease of eastern black walnut
“To the vector go the spoils: identifying fungal pathogens associated with Thousand Cankers Disease complex in East Tennessee.”
Phytophthora Root Rot of American Chestnut
“Effects of Fungal Pathogens and Soil Sterility on American Chestnut Growth at a Reclaimed Mine Site in East Tennessee.”
I seek to improve natural resource management of native tree species through research of both native and exotic invasive pathogens.
My current research focuses on needle cast diseases of west coast Douglas-fir. I have previous experience studying phytophthora root rot in American chestnut, as well as Thousand Cankers Disease complex.
I am interested in continuing to research these and other pathogen diseases, including sudden oak death, laurel wilt, etc. It is my goal to become a forest pathologist with experience in molecular as well as applied methods of forest health management.
See my academic awards here.
From sample collection to sequencing, I have experience with all steps of the process.
Writing and Editing
I have a strong background in both scientific and non-scientific writing, and enjoy science writing for the public.
Experience in both Southeast and Pacific Northwest forests, including forest health, cruising, and general management.