About Me

I am a PhD student 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 dehydration tolerance, especially during California’s drought.

As an undergraduate, I spent several summers performing research in plant physiological ecology 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 starting my thesis research in fern physiological ecology under the direction of Dr. Jarmila Pittermann at UC Santa Cruz.