I am an ecologist with a passion for microbial community ecology, molecular ecology, and bioinformatics. The motivation for my research is the desire to understand how processes operating across spatial and temporal scales can help explain microbial community assembly in the present-day. I primarily focus of the plant microbiome as a study system for two key reason. First, microbial communities have relatively rapid temporal dynamics, allowing them to serve as tractable model systems to address otherwise difficult questions in community ecology. Second, plant microbiome composition can dramatically affect plant productivity and health, and applications of plant microbiome science promise to help combat global food and natural resource insecurity.
As a bioinformaticist, I have a passion for data visualization and producing highly efficient, reproducible computational workflows. In addition to having extensive experience with many ecological data analysis techniques (e.g., multivariate analyses, spatial analyses, network analyses, etc.), I have expertise in developing bioinformatic pipelines for microbiome data processing.
PhD in Biology, 2017
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Inforamtion Systems, 2011
The Pennsylvania State University
BA in the School of Natural Sciences, 2002