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I am the ESA Student Section liaison for the Statistical Ecology Section. I am eager to advocate for students in this section, and to facilitate the exchange of information among ESA members, such as promoting the Pielou award among students and encouraging student membership in this 'dynamic' section.
ABOUT ME & MY SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, working in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences and the Center for Applied GIScience in the Meentemeyer lab. I have a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Florida and a B.S. in Biology from Texas State University. My dissertation research focuses on the rapidly-advancing area of landscape epidemiology within the field of geography. I am interested in conducting empirical and theoretical analyses that further our understanding of the spatio-temporal factors influencing disease dynamics of P. ramorum across natural landscapes. P. ramorum is an exotic, invasive plant pathogen causing sudden oak death in the Pacific Northwest and sudden larch death in Western Europe.
My background in molecular ecology, geography and landscape ecology, as well as my pursuit of cutting-edge quantitative methods, enables me to explore a wide range of crossdisciplinary and collaborative research projects. In addition to my academic endeavors, I am passionate about public policy, environmental stewardship and engaging non-scientists in environmental education and outreach projects. I participate in these areas by volunteering with local non-profit organizations in my community.