About Me

I am a PhD student in Dr. Jarmila Pittermann’s lab at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My interests are in wildfire and drought, and how they impact plant communities. Specifically, I am interested in xylem structure and function in trees following wildfire. Using a physiological approach, my goal is to understand forest resilience across plant communities that are prone to drought and wildfire events.

I earned my B.S. in Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Since then, I have held research positions in Dr. Whendee Silver’s lab (UC Berkeley and Puerto Rico) and Dr. Max Moritz’s lab (UC Santa Barbara). I spent five years working on projects spanning plant ecology, plant physiology, biogeochemistry, and fire ecology. In Fall 2018 I started my PhD program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.