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I am currently an assistant professor in the Yale EEB department.


Previously, I was postdoctoral scientist working with Dr. Sarah Batterman at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies


(last updated August 2022)

Left: stained root with mycorrhizal colonization; Right: Sarah Batterman and I examining stained roots roots for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi under a microscope (photo: Pamela Freeman)

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Left: fig large tree on the Gigante Peninsula, Panama; Right: leaf litter at Fazenda Tanguro at Matto Grosso, Brazil.


I did my PhD in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, advised by Dr. Robert Howarth. There, I studied the interactions of nutrients and fire on nitrogen fixation in the southeastern Amazon in collaboration with scientists from IPAM and the Woodwell Climate Research Center at Tanguro Ranch in Mato Grosso, Brazil. I spent a semester through the NSF GROW program at the University of Brasilia with Dr. Mercedes Bustamante's lab group.

At Cornell, I was an active member of the biogeochemistry student group, an IGERT trainee, a member of NextGen, and a fellow at the Atkinson Center for Sustainability. I was also advised by Lou Derry, Natalie Mahowald, and Tim Fahey.


Prior to graduate school, I worked as an environmental scientist at the Department of Pesticide Regulation under the Cal/EPA, and as a lab and field technician in Dr. Whendee Silver’s lab at U.C. Berkeley, where I also obtained my B.A. and B.S. I grew up in Sacramento, CA and didn’t always know that I wanted to be a scientist. You can read more about my journey here.

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Left: seed pod from an Inga thibaudiana tree; Right: walking through the riparian forests at Fazenda Tanguro in Mato Grosso, Brazil (photo: Gillian Trevithick)

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Outside of science, I like learning languages, cooking, painting, running, and making videos.

Feel free to email me at!

Left: sampling a soil pit taken over by bats at Fazenda Tanguro in Mato Grosso, Brazil (photo: Paul Lefebvre); Right: how many scientists does it take to fix a truck? (Gillian Trevithick)

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