About Me

I am a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I study plant physiological ecology, which means that I look at a plant’s function (physiology) in the context of its environment (ecology). Specifically, my research interests include fern physiological ecology and adaptations to low water availability, such as desiccation tolerance and salt tolerance.

As an undergraduate, I spent several summers studying drought-adapted ferns with Dr. Stephen Davis at Pepperdine University. The research I started with Dr. Davis has inspired me to pursue a career in teaching and research. I am currently finishing my PhD in fern physiological ecology with Dr. Jarmila Pittermann at UC Santa Cruz.