Research InterestUrban Ecology, Socioecology, Urban Forestry, Disease Ecology of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Urban Resiliency
Tulane University, Class of 2018. Bachelor of Science: Double Major in Environmental Biology and Philosophy, Minor in Africana Studies
Originally from the in the Hill Country town of Wimberley, Texas, I spent the 5 years previous to my time in Knoxville going to school, working and living in New Orleans, Louisiana. I attended Tulane University where I studied Environmental Biology, Philosophy, and Africana Studies on my way to earning a Bachelors of Science. I got my start in the field of ecology working with Dr. Blum while his lab was at Tulane, where I was a field assistant on the CNH Project. I assisted with trapping rodents and collecting tissues samples to test for the presence of parasites like rat lungworm. In my last 2 years in New Orleans I worked with Dr. Joshua Lewis of the Bywater Institute at Tulane University, where our work focused on urban ecology and resiliency. Our research centered around the impact of developing urban forests, parks and abandoned lots into green infrastructure, examining how land transformation and management may impact vegetation diversity and community structures, bird populations, and prevalence of disease vectors (mosquitoes and rodents).
Awards and Recognitions
Graduated Cum Laude from Tulane University