Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum)
Current PhD project, looking at population genetics of Phytophthora ramorum in Southwestern Oregon.
Needle Cast diseases of west coast Douglas-fir
“Phylogenetic identification of pathogenic and endophytic fungal populations in west coast Douglas-fir foliage.”
Thousand Cankers Disease (Geosmithia morbida)
“Thousand Cankers Disease Complex: A Forest Health Issue that Threatens Juglans Species across the U.S.”
My current research focuses on population genetics and epidemiology of Phytophthora ramorum (the oomycete pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death) in Southwestern Oregon. I have previous experience studying endophytic fungi in Douglas-fir, phytophthora root rot in American chestnut, as well as Thousand Cankers Disease complex.
I am interested in continuing to research these and other pathogen diseases. It is my goal to become a forest pathologist with experience in 'omics as well as applied methods of forest health management.
See my academic awards here.
From sample collection to sequencing, I have experience with all steps of the process.
I have a strong background in both scientific and non-scientific writing, and enjoy science writing for the public.
Experience in both Southeast and Pacific Northwest forests, including forest health, cruising, and general management.