Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Plant physiological ecology, Forest invasions, Biogeography, Roles of herbaria in the Anthropocene
* I'll be starting as Assistant Curator of Botany at the Carnegie Museum in Jan 2019!
* New paper on linking specimens to iNaturalist observations published in Applications in Plant Sciences (link).
*Live from the herbarium as part of Scientists Live series to discuss our herbarium digitization project (link).
* Check out our organized oral session at the 2018 ESA meeting entitled "New Uses for Old Collections: Herbarium Data in an Era of Ecological Change" (link).
* Carnegie Museum herbarium was funded by the US National Science Foundation to join the Mid-Atlantic Megalopolis project! The digitization project will run from 2018-2021 (link). Featured on WESA (link). Specimen metadata and images are available online (link).
Who I am
I am a postdoc in the Section of Botany at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History leveraging decades of herbarium data to document and understand trait changes in invasive species through space and time. More broadly, I have strong interests in developing innovative uses of natural history collections while also promoting their longstanding functions. This work is funded through an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology.
Previously, I was a postdoc in the lab of Susan Kalisz at the University of Tennessee studying the effects of deer and plant invasions on the physiology and demography of forest understory species. I remain actively involved in this research.
I did my PhD on the ecophysiology of forest understory shrub invasions at Syracuse University, advised by Jason Fridley.