About Me

I’m a lifelong plant lover pursuing a Ph.D. in Ken Sytsma’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We study plant systematics; see this website and the lab’s site for more details.

My love of botany is quite literally older than my conscious memory. (I have photos of myself engrossed in my backyard flora from before I have actual memories.) I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned my B.Sc. at the Ohio State University. After graduating, I moved to Boise, Idaho. There, I supervised the SWITCH digitization project, an NSF-funded initiative to digitize the herbaria of the College of Idaho, Boise State University, and several land-management agency offices. After finishing the SWITCH project in 2015, I began my doctoral studies. More details of my thesis research are available here.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, botanical illustration, cooking, board games, singing, reading and writing science fiction, and gardening. I have a soft spot for farmers’ markets, action movies, and Ursula K. LeGuin.