Research InterestDisturbance ecology, invasion ecology, plant community ecology, plant succession, fire ecology, bio statistics, general wildlife conservation
Pennsylvania State University- B.S. Biology, Minor in Statistics (2016)
Fire is one of the most powerful disturbances of natural ecosystems because it can reshape communities. In the southern Appalachian region, wildfire disturbances are considered rare, so opportunities to study fire effects are limited thus gaps exist in our knowledge of the ecological outcomes of large wildfires in the region. Currently, we are investigating understory plant communities affected by the 2016 Chimney Tops 2 fire at twenty plot sites in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our goal is to determine vegetation successional stages as the landscape recovers from fire, as well as the susceptibility of site locations to species dominance over time.