Northern Arizona University
Undergraduate Student at Northern Arizona University
Researcher for NASA Climate Change Fellowship
I am studying Environmental Science with an emphasis in
Biology and Environmental Studies.
My research seeks to understand how fungal communities
change in response to altered precipitation and increased temperature. I am
using data and samples from the Hungate et. al. experiment along the Merriam
Powell elevation gradient on the San Francisco Peaks.
Other achievements, honors, awards
Dean’s list for 2 years
Certified Eagle Scout
Recipient of Public Anthropology Award
Big-picture Career Goal
I am interested in using my degrees to improve our nation’s
food system through scientific research and community involvement. I want to
use the ideas and knowledge that I am acquiring from climate change research to
encourage people to change the way our society interacts with the ecosystems
that sustain us. I plan to further my education after my undergraduate career
by going to graduate school in the Sustainable Communities program or other
applicable research areas.
I enjoy rock climbing, biking, playing samba music, and
I am currently working on a NASA undergraduate research
fellowship on climate change. Through this fellowship I am seeking to
understand how climate change, as predicted for the Southwest, will affect soil
fungal communities. I will be using Quantitative Real Time Polymerase Chain
Reaction methods to assess how fungal abundance changes in respect to
experimental and controlled plots.