I began my journey in botany as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and Conservatory. I was a Bonner Scholar and completed a double degree in biology and piano performance. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I honed my passion for plant systematics and biogeography. I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University researching the carnivorous sundew genus, Drosera (Droseraceae, Caryophyllales).
Each of my experiences in botanical research has culminated in my passion for teaching and research. I am excited by my work as a mentor and my work in the classroom. Because of my experience as a Bonner Scholar, I developed my passion for giving back to the community and my passion for supporting underrepresented students in academia.
I was raised in New York City, but I have enjoyed attending college and graduate school in the Midwest. I make sure to set aside time for hiking with my adopted puppy, Chara, personal reflections and self-care, and playing piano.