I’m a biologist interested the ecology and evolution of new pathogens.
My research focuses on an expanding amphibian disease caused by the chytrid fungus Bd. I track Bd transmission in the environment to learn more about how expanding diseases adapt as they spread.
I’m currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Brian Todd’s Lab at the University of California, Davis. Prior to this, I completed a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Erica Bree Rosenblum’s Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. I received my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in Tim James’ Lab at the University of Michigan, my M.S. in Biology in 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 evolutionary genetics of the mushroom genus Marasmius, cell imaging projects using fluorescence microscopy/TEM, and a range of field studies related to biodiversity and conservation. More details are available on my CV Page