Thousand Cankers Disease
“To the vector go the spoils: identifying fungal pathogens associated with Thousand Cankers Disease complex in East Tennessee.”
Phytophthora Root Rot
“Effects of Fungal Pathogens and Soil Sterility on American Chestnut Growth at a Reclaimed Mine Site in East Tennessee.”
“Mycorrhizal Function in Tree Stands Located on Reclaimed Mine Sites.”
I seek to improve natural resource management of native tree species through research of both native and exotic invasive pathogens.
I have previous experience studying phytophthora root rot in American chestnut, as well as Thousand Cankers Disease complex (Geosmithia morbida vectored by Pityophthorus juglandis).
I am interested in continuing to research these and other pathogen diseases, including sudden oak death, Swiss needle cast, etc. It is my goal to become a forest pathologist with experience in molecular as well as applied methods of forest pest management.
See my academic awards here.
PCR, using species-specific microsatellite loci as well as ITS Regions 1 and 4
Writing and Editing
Including proposals, papers for publication, etc.
Experience in Southeast and Pacific Northwest