I am currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis.  My work focuses on the causes and consequences of biological diversity.  Currently, I am studying how plants and soil microbes influence community structure in prairies and ecological succession in freshwater sand dunes.  I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, where I worked with Jennifer Rudgers.  For my dissertation, I addressed the consequences of plant species diversity and genetic diversity within a dominant species for community properties and ecosystem properties.  I received a B.S. in Biology (concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Tennessee.

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