Originally from rural southern Appalachia in western North Carolina, I first became involved with research as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina Asheville. I contributed to projects ranging from threatened songbird conservation to invasive planarian ecology, and ultimately found my passion for soil and agroecology. After earning degrees in Ecology and Spanish, I pursued research technician positions in two separate agricultural entomology labs at North Carolina State University and then the University of Georgia, before I ultimately decided to further my education at the University of Louisville. I am currently pursuing a graduate degree as a member of the Mehring Lab in UofL's Department of Biology, studying greenhouse gas emissions from leaf-cutter ant nests.
To learn more details of my education and training, see my CV below.