242 Illick Hall
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210
"We cannot win this battle to save species and environments without forging an emotional bond between ourselves and nature as well - for we will not fight to save what we do not love." -Stephen Jay Gould
For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring. - Carl Sagan
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Graduate Research Topic
Forest communities along soil, acid deposition, and climate gradients of the Appalachian Trail
My interests span the whole of biology and humanity. It is the collection, interconnectedness, and diversity of life on this planet that inspire and motivate me to pursue graduate studies. This includes societal components across the globe, which have led me to pursue a concurrent master of public administration degree at the neighboring Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs. Rather than focus on one aspect or element of the menagerie of life, I hope to explore what unifying themes exist, particularly in regards to conservation. Simply, I view species conservation and environmental degradation as small pieces of a larger puzzle. How we, as human beings, are collectively utilizing and interacting with the natural world and its resources is both the cause of and ultimate solution to issues in conservation and sustainability.
"Plant invasions: testing theory with ecological monitoring data from wetlands in Colorado, USA." My research is a collaboration with the National Park Service in Colorado and Montana. Significance: Invasive plant species are affecting landscapes worldwide. Despite their prevalence, invasive species remain a hotly debated topic amongst ecologists. My research draws on observational wetland plant survey and environmental metric data collected through the National Park Service's Rocky Mountain Inventory & Monitoring Network to test whether native richness is negatively related to invasive richness and abundance; the pattern of plant functional guild as it relates to invasives; and the stability of invasive richness and abundance temporally. Wetlands in mountainous habitats provide an ideal setting for this work, as they are critical components of these ecosystems and little work has been done specifically on invasive species impacts in these habitats.
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - M.K. Gandhi "I am a faulty string of blue Christmas lights" - John K. Samson