I’m a biologist interested the ecology and evolution of fungal pathogens.
My research focuses on an expanding amphibian disease caused by the chytrid fungus Bd. I am tracking the distribution and movement of Bd in the environment to learn more about how fungal diseases evolve as they spread.
I’m currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Erica Bree Rosenblum’s Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Tim James’ Lab at the University of Michigan, my M.S. in Biology from Dennis Desjardin’s Lab at San Francisco State University, and my B.S. in Biology from Oregon State University.
In addition my research on amphibian chytrid fungus; I’ve also worked on genetics of the globally-distributed mushroom genus Marasmius, basidiomycete cell imaging projects using fluorescence microscopy/TEM, and a range of field studies related to fungal biodiversity and conservation.