I am currently a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University, in Dr. Tanya Renner’s lab, where I study the evolution and regulation of carnivory in the sundew genus, Drosera (Droseraceae, Caryophyllales). I received my PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I was advised by Dr. Kenneth J. Sytsma. The Sytsma lab specializes in plant systematics, phylogenomics, morphometrics, biogeography, and patterns of trait evolution in different plant groups. I was a Bonner Scholar as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where I completed a double degree in biology and piano performance. At Oberlin, I was advised by Dr. Michael Moore, and I conducted research on gypsum endemism in the Four o’clock family, Nyctaginaceae (Caryophyllales).
I was raised in New York City, but I have enjoyed attending college and graduate school in the Midwest. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my adopted puppy, Chara, cooking new recipes, and playing piano.