I am a PhD Candidate in the Penn State Department of Geography, studying forest resilience to fire with Dr. Erica Smithwick. Prior to pursuing my PhD, I received a BS in Biology from Duke University and a MS in Geography from Penn State University. I also participated in field research focused on fire-adapted landscapes in South Africa, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and Wyoming. My previous research was published in the Florida Scientist and Diversity and Distributions.

My field experiences in fire-adapted landscapes inspired questions on disturbance, spatial pattern, and resilience that shaped my PhD.  Specifically, my dissertation advances understanding of when and where landscape context supports post-fire forest recovery. To conduct this research, I complemented my fire knowledge with courses in landscape ecology, remote sensing, and forest ecosystem modeling. My dissertation is funded by a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award, National Geographic Early Career Grant, Joint Fire Science Program Graduate Research Innovation Award, and NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship.