Experience

Education

  • Ph.D Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology – Washington University, St. Louis, MO
    • Expected – Winter 2020
    • Advisors – Dr. Kenneth Olsen (WUSTL), Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg (DDPSC)
    • Thesis topic – The genetic and physiological mechanisms controlling salt tolerance in seashore paspalum
  • BSc. Biology – Valpariaso University, Valparaiso, IN
    • Received – May 2014
    • Advisor – Dr Robert Swanson
    • Research topic – The genetic basis of pollen competition and seed weight in Arabidopsis thaliana

Other Research Experience

  • Field Research Assistant – Pinney-Purdue Agricultural Center, Wanatah, IN
    • May 2012 – November 2013
    • Duties – Data collection, experimental design, plant care, outreach with local farmers
    • Main projects – Sweetcorn variety trials, Tomato nutrient management

Awards and Funding

  • William H. Danforth Plant Science Fellowship, 2015 – 2019
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship – Honorable mention – 2014, 2015
  • US Golf Association Turfgrass Improvement Grant – $70,000
  • Magna Cum Laude – Valpariaso University – 2014

Teaching

  • Teaching Assistant – Bio3501 Evolution (WUSTL) – Fall 2015
  • Teaching Assistant – U29Bio525 Biological Evolution (WUSTL) – Summer 2016
  • Supplemental instruction leader – Bio171,Bio172 (VU) – Fall 2013, Spring 2014
  • Guest lectures
    • “Introduction to genetic drift” – Bio3501 – Fall 2017, Fall 2018
    • “Mate choice: How and why do female preferences arise?” – Bio3501 – Fall 2019
    • “Genomic selection scans” – SLU graduate seminar – Fall 2017
  • Grader – Bio3501 Evolution (WUSTL) – Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018

Outreach

  • Young Scientist Program – Evolution and Ecology teaching team, 2014 – present
  • Young Scientist Program – Materials coordinator – 2017