I have graduated with a Ph. D. from the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Oregon State University. My dissertation focuses on my development of computational tools for analyzing clonal populations in the R package poppr. I will be starting a post-doctoral postion in the lab of Sydney E. Everhart at the Department of Plant Pathology at University of Nebraska, Lincoln in January of 2017.


In January of 2012, Joey Hulbert and I began interviewing graduate students at OSU about the inspiration for their research. This developed into the award-winning radio program Inspiration Dissemination on OSU’s student-run radio station, KBVR (88.7 FM).

Our mission is to engage and inspire undergraduates to pursue graduate research by sharing the personal stories of graduate students at OSU each week.


Beyond Science and Communication, these are a few of my favorite things (incomplete list in no particular order):

  • listening to and playing music (I enjoy several forms)
  • baking
  • cats
  • science fiction and literature