I began my journey in botany as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and Conservatory. I was a Bonner Scholar and received 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 learned comparative transcriptomic and genomic techniques while researching the carnivorous sundew genus, Drosera (Droseraceae, Caryophyllales) for my postdoctoral research. I am currently a USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State University researching the disjunct biogeography and expression of secondary metabolites across heterogeneous space in Vaccinium membranaceum (thinleaf huckleberry).
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 a commitment to giving back to the community and fighting for more equitable access to STEM education.
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.