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I am a graduate student Austin Peay State University beginning in the fall of 2013 for an M.S. in Biology. My botany career began as a freshman at Catawba College, where I majored in Environmental Science. I begged my way onto an upper class Plant Taxonomy field trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, which instilled in me a restless interest in plants. I took several plant classes in undergraduate school
and even managed my own floristic study of a 360-acre tract of land near my alma mater. I
worked as a botanical garden assistant at the Highlands Biological Station, learning much of the
Southern Appalachian flora. Upon graduation from college, I took a botany internship at Modoc
National Forest in northeastern California. We botanically surveyed forests and rangelands for
sensitive plants and habitat. Most weekends were spent travelling to various ecoregions of
California where I encountered countless plants that opened my mind to the diversity in plants.
After a six-month thru-hike of the entire Appalachian Trail in 2012, I applied to Austin Peay
State University and recognized the potential for me to grow as a student and as a botanist.
I moved to Clarksville in May of 2013 to work on projects for the Center of Excellence in Field
Biology before I begin my graduate program. The passionate interest in Botany around the
herbarium is a great nursery for my growing interests.

Research Interests

Plant Community Ecology; how we delineate one plant community from another and whether or
not communities deserve protection; rare plant conservation; Southern Appalachian Flora; high-
elevation plant communities. My graduate research will explore dynamics of cobble bar systems of Daddy's Creek on the Cumberland Plateau in east Tennessee. I hope to catalog the diversity and digitize the communities in hopes of understanding cobble bars throughout the South, especially how/why they contain so many rare and endemic plants.

Education

B.S. Environmental Science, Catawba College (2011)