I am a PhD student in Dr. Alan Knapp's lab. I was born and raised in Maryland, but my family's roots are in Wisconsin. I graduated in 2014 from the University of Maryland with a BS in Biology with a concentration in ecology and evolution and a minor in surficial geology. I have spent the last year working as a lab manager of an aquatic entomology lab, which has been a great learning experience. I've participated in two Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) internships, one at the Smithsonian Institution researching fungal bioremediation, and another at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Virginia studying the mating system of a native wildflower. I love plants, and at CSU, I plan to study how prairie ecosystems, particularly prairie grasses, are responding to climate change. I was part of the Maryland marching band as an undergraduate, so I enjoy playing music as well as dancing, and of course, I also like to be outdoors.