Originally from North Carolina, I am thrilled to be in Colorado at CSU working under John McKay. I am interested in the evolutionary ecology of phenotypic plasticity, and how extreme climatic events shape local adaptation. As water availability becomes increasingly variable and often scarce in many environments, agriculturalists and ecologists are concerned with how species will cope with challenges posed by drought. My research in the McKay lab will aim to understand the genetic basis and ecological context of plant adaptation to water stress by exploring the natural variation observed in wild and domesticated species. Outside of researching, I love to cook, brew beer, play the banjo and climb.