I am currently a second year PhD student in UIC's Ecology and Evolution program.  My advisor is Mary Ashley.

Broadly, my interests include conservation and restoration issues associated with the Chicago Region.  My particular focus is on plants and using molecular tools to study processes that otherwise may be difficult or harmful to observe by traditional approaches.

Beyond my work at UIC, I am also involved in the design and implementation of an environmental monitoring group in northwest Indiana, the Northwest Indiana Restoration Monitoring Inventory (NIRMI).