I am most generally interested in evolution and ecology. Combining these two sciences into restoration and conservation of natural systems is the goal of my research. I am currently interested in invasive plants and their interactions with soil microbe communities. I am exploring how these interactions could be changing through time and how this information could be applied to management. Invasive species are especially interesting to me because of their large threat to ecosystem services and species diversity. Understanding the evolution of these invaders as well as the surrounding community could aid in reducing their abundance. I received a B.S. in environmental science with a minor in forestry at the University of New Hampshire.