I am a postdoctoral researcher at MSU’s BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, advised by Louise Mead. As a graduate student at MSU I co-founded Data Nuggets, an innovative approach to bring authentic, cutting edge research and data into the classroom. Data Nuggets reveal to students how the process of science really works and increase the connections between scientists and the public. Our research will help to determine whether these activities can increase student quantitative literacy and engagement with science.
I completed my PhD in Plant Biology and EEBB at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station as a member of Jennifer Lau’s Lab. My dissertation research focused on the role of biotic interactions during invasion and how release from enemies could drive the success of invasive plants.