My current research involves understanding how community level floral patterns impact individual plants, and how flowering can change pollinator visitation. My goal is to understand how different species of flowering plants respond together in order to attract pollinators. Ultimately, I want to determine how communities of flowers can change the reproductive success of individuals, and what role pollinators play in in these patterns. This research is still in the developmental stages, so there will be more updates to come!
During the summer of 2018, I worked at North Dakota State University as a field technician on a project to quantify pollinator distributions throughout prairie systems in North Dakota. I was a part of an eight person team working to identify pollinators, the flowers they nectared on, and plant communities in the great plains. Here is a short video from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department about the project I was a part of.
In the summer of 2017, I was a part of the REU (Research Experience for Undergrads) program at the University of Colorado, Boulder Mountain Research Station. There, I worked with Dr. Daniel Doak and Dr. Megan Peterson on floral phenology of Silene acaulis, which is a common alpine and arctic plant accross the northern hemisphere.
During the summer of 2016, I was a field technician in Dr. Chris Grant's lab at Juniata College. During the summer I was a part of several projects, from performing electrofishing assessments in small streams to installing polar organic chemical integrated samplers (POCIS) throughout the Juniata watershed.
Also while at Juniata College, I led a project examining diverging geometric morphology between Pennsylvania and Maine largemouth bass. I was also a part of research efforts to assess the influence of natural gas fracturing on brook trout streams in northwestern Pennsylvania.