I am a senior at Dartmouth College majoring in Biology (with an Ecology concentration), and an aspiring forest ecologist working at the nexus of mycorrhizal ecology and adaptive management. I have worked in the Hicks Pries Soil Ecology Lab for the past three years, first as a research assistant for graduate students, then as a collaborator on a literature review on litter decomposition (recently published by Ecology) and, finally, as an honors thesis researcher. My thesis examines the role arbuscular mycorrhizae may play in facilitating forest regeneration under varied levels of forest disturbance (selective harvest and quarter-acre clear cuts). I hope to continue along a similar vein of research in graduate school and beyond: working with landowners, forest managers, and local knowledge holders in order to help us manage our forests to be more resilient to global change.
I'm also an avid science communicator, a practice which was inspired by my science writer grandfather. I believe good communication is necessary for any scientific practice that strives to be wide-reaching and inclusive.