I am completing my Ph. D. at UW-Madison and plan to pursue a career as an educator and researcher at a primarily undergraduate university. Working with students in the classroom and mentoring in the laboratory is extremely rewarding, and I hope that my efforts will translate to positive outcomes for those with whom I work.
My research focuses on interactions between plants and their microbial symbionts, specifically mycorrhizal fungi. These symbionts confer ecologically and economically important benefits to plants including improved drought tolerance, enhanced nutrient uptake, and potential mediation of toxic soil elements. I aim to identify whether and how arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi differ between isolates in their ability to offer direct and indirect drought benefits to hosts, using carrot as a plant model.
“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.” ― Robert F. Kennedy