I am queer and I am an ecologist.//
I study climate change’s impacts on plant growth and distribution using a combination of process-based and statistical ecological models. I have a lot of experience using Bayesian modeling methods in ecology and am interested in improving process-based models with novel statistics to better predict the future of global ecosystems. Specifically, to improve long-term forecasts, I focus on fusing plot-level, tree ring, and fossil pollen datasets with forest gap models.
My first research project was an REU in Yellowstone NP. After that, I got my master’s at Colorado State and Ph.D. at Notre Dame. I’m also a first-generation college student. I contribute to broadening participation in STEM by teaching girls how to code at workshops in my area and advocating for thoughtful online language to promote diversity.