What brought you to UGA? I was drawn to UGA by the wide breadth of plant research that occurs here across several departments. My decision to attend UGA was solidified by the fantastic research of a few of the professors and how well their research aligned to my own interests and aspirations.
What are your research/study interests? I am generally interested in how climate change is impacting arctic and alpine tundra plants including the intraspecific variation in populations throughout a species range and their potential to acclimate or adapt to impending novel conditions. Currently, I am exploring how the maintenance of mating systems in Silene acaulis and Bistorta vivipara are related to population persistence across environmental gradients.
What has been a benefit of being part of IPS?/How did it help you select your program? Rotations was my favorite part of the IPS program. I enjoyed getting the opportunity to experience what it was like to be a part of a few different labs in different departments before deciding the best fit for me.
What are your career goals? I am still considering my options post UGA but am leaning toward a career in academia or as an ecologist for a government agency.
Who is your major professor? Dr. Megan DeMarche.