Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: (563) 425-5847
Ph.D. Forestry with a Soils minor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009 M.S. Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005 B.S. Biological Research with Chemistry minor, Loras College, 2002
I enjoy working with students in classroom settings as well as involving them in my research or helping them to find their own research opportunities. My teaching methods include lectures, group work, case studies, and many in class activities. I am also interested in informal science education and enjoy communicating with audiences of all ages.
I have strong research interests in identifying how land-use change, management practices, and climate change may influence carbon pools and fluxes both aboveground and belowground. To better understand these shifts I also examine microbial dynamics and carbon stabilization mechanisms.
When I find time outside of teaching and research I enjoy many outdoor activities including running and camping. Other interests include reading, cooking, volleyball, and spending time with family and friends.