PhD Candidate, Deakin University, AUS, 2016-current.
MS Forest Hydrology, Mississippi State University, USA 2014-2016.
BS Biology, Frostburg State University, USA, 2010-2014.
My research interests include hydrology, biogeochemistry, and watershed response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance. I seek to understand the complex dynamics between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and their surrounding environments across spatial and temporal scales.
Currently, I am working on modeling carbon sources and sinks in wetland ecosystems of Southeastern Australia. The aim of this project is to identify long-term carbon storage by analyzing carbon sequestration rates of various inland wetland ecosystems. Further research is required to determine if these systems are carbon sinks and to predict temperate wetland carbon emission responses to different ecological conditions. This connection must be studied to gather knowledge of its significance, and to provide information for better wetland ecosystem management practices.
- Awarded Deakin University PhD Scholarship, 2016-2019, to investigate carbon gas flux of inland Southeastern Australian wetlands.
- Masters Thesis, 2016: The ecological significance of phyllosphere leaf traits on throughfall hydrology, biogeochemistry, and leaf litter nutrient content among oak species in the Southeastern United States.
- Research grant awarded, 2016, Mississippi State University Travel Grant Award for the Ecological Society of America Conference.
- Honors Program 2010-2014: Frostburg State University.
- Selected to participate in the National Institute of Health Work Study Student Intern Program. Fort Detrick, Maryland, 2009-2010.