Born and raised in Southern California surrounded by chaparral and sage scrub, I quickly developed an interest in the environment, and more specifically, plants. This interest led me to my first research experience which was a functional trait based restoration project in Southern California black walnut woodlands. I continued onto my master's degree studying invasion mechanisms their application in restoration. Along the way I spent a summer on the island of Hawai'i studying the mycorrhizal colonization of native understory plants in degraded forests. After completing my master's degree, I moved to Tucson, Arizona to pursue my PhD at the University of Arizona.

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Bachelor of Science, 2017

Environmental Biology

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Advisor: Erin J Questad

Master of Science, 2019

Biology

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Advisor: Erin J Questad

Thesis: Propagule pressure and functional traits: Utilizing invasion mechanisms to promote restoration

PhD, current

Natural Resources - Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands

Minor: Microbial Ecology

University of Arizona

Advisor: Elise Gornish

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