Currently a senior at
Northern Arizona University and working towards a B.S. in Biology with a minor
in Chemistry. I am preparing for a career in research and instruction,
through a variety of classes, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities.
I am working on a
long term study examining the effects of elevated nitrogen (N) and carbon
dioxide (CO2) on soil microarthropods. Experimentally testing
these two parameters, which are both expected to increase over time, will
broaden our knowledge about how ecosystems respond to global change.
Preliminary results indicate that increased CO2 causes a significant
increase in Collembola populations.
research and interests
In 2008, I was involved in a research
project based on bat population dynamics. This project took place in the Kaibab
Paiute Indian Reservation, in northern Arizona. The project entailed
capturing and handling bats, marking them, identifying species, processing
them, recording data and releasing them. My project culminated in a
presentation that encompassed data going back 10 years. Interesting
trends emerged with specific species richness fluctuations.
Other research interests include:
- organic and sustainable agriculture
- population dynamics
- environmental toxins (especially those
that act as teratogens)