I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Hufbauer Lab at Colorado State University, where I am working with a High-Impact Insect Invasions working group to identify drivers of non-native insect invasions in urban and rural forests and develop models that can predict probability of impact of insects that have not yet arrived and established in North American forests.
I earned my B.S. in Forestry from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I researched the effects of prescribed fire on ground-dwelling arthropods with Dr. Rose-Marie Muzika. For my M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia, I worked with Dr. Kamal Gandhi to study a scale insect-pathogen complex (Matsucoccus macrocicatrices - Caliciopsis pinea) on eastern white pine in the southern Appalachian Mountains. For my Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Arkansas State University, I worked with Dr. Travis Marsico to elucidate mechanisms of non-native insect invasions in natural ecosystems using biocontrol datasets.