Research Experience

My liberal arts education and strong quantitative skill set have allowed me to work on diverse research projects, some of which are highlighted below.

For more information about my research experience including a list of my publications, please review my curriculum vitae.

The Minnesota DNR estimates the size of the state's declining moose population with a traditional sightability model that assumes indpendence across years. Alternatively, my postdoc research at the University of Minnesota explores a model-based (Bayesian) approach that allows information to be shared across years. In addition, we can add spatially-explicit relationships to the model to better understand moose behavior.

Learn more at the Fieberg Lab's website here.

As a PhD student at Auburn University, I studied soil respiration dynamics in longleaf pine forests, which are being restored in the southeastern US. Soil respiration is derived from microbial and root metabolism and is the largest flux of carbon dioxide from forests, thus this research is essential for understanding the overall carbon balance of these important forests.

Soybean rust is an invasive disease that is running rampant in the southeastern United States. I am currently collaborating with researchers from Auburn University Plant Pathology Department on a meta-analysis aimed at determining the efficacy for fungicide treatments to reduce soybean rust severity.

By understanding how to most efficiently use fungicides, I hope that farmers will be able to balance disease control with ecosystem and human health.

Photo credit Mary Delaney

Photo credit Janis Leighton (Flickr)

At Gustavus Adolphus College, my independent Biology Honors research was to create a comprehensive and site-specific tallgrass restoration plan for an 80-acre farm field adjacent to Gustavus' Linneaus Arboretum.

This plan has since been implemented and the prairie is now a teaching and research resource for current students.

Photo Credit: Tom Stokes