I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma working with my advisor, Dr. Caitlin Hodges in the School of Geosciences. I will be building on my background in earth and environmental sciences to delve into the world of critical zone geoscience. Furthermore, I will be expanding my range of research and abilities as an educator.

I am a graduate of Duncan High School, in Duncan, Oklahoma. Growing up in the geologically-rich atmosphere of Oklahoma led me on a pathway from amateur rock collector to obtaining my undergraduate degree in geology. Life’s path led me to the hospitality industry where I developed my management skills and learned to tend bar. Eventually, I returned to academia and obtained my master’s degree in environmental studies. This is where I developed a passion for interdisciplinary environmental research. I believe in the power of collaborative work drawing from the expertise of multiple disciplines to solve environmental problems.

When I am not delving into research, I enjoy outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, running and kayaking. If I can’t get away for an adventure, I enjoy the outdoors in my own yard by planting and growing native pollinator gardens. As an award-winning singer and songwriter, I love listening to and creating music. Cooking is my happy place and I love going on vegetarian culinary adventures, but most of all, I enjoy spending time with my little family.

If you’re interested in learning more about how I am developing my place in the academic sphere, feel free to check out this website.

One small action can make a big difference:

Plant a pollinator garden with some native wildflower seeds.

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