- B.A., St. Olaf College, 2003
- Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
- BIOL 202: Gateway to Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
- BIOL 399: Plant-Insect Interactions
- BIOL 350: Population and Community Ecology
- BIOL 356: Conservation Biology
My research interests are in ecology, conservation biology, and ecological genetics. I study how anthropogenic (i.e. human-induced) alterations to natural areas are affecting population persistence of native plant populations. In North America, nearly all of our natural areas have been fragmented, and many populations are small and isolated. For instance, approximately 90% of the pre-European settlement old growth forest has been destroyed, and less than 1% of the pre-settlement prairie remains. The fragmentation and loss of habitats mean that the remaining native plant populations are often subject to the ecological and genetic consequences of small population sizes. My lab examines how flowering time, plant density, and pollinator taxa affects population persistence across a fragmented landscape. Please visit my lab's website for information on active research projects.