M.S. Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University
B.S. Forest and Rangeland Ecology and Management, University of Nevada, Reno
ASU Graduate College Completion Award (2020)
Lisa Dent Memorial Award in Ecology (2019-2020)
Knowledge Mobilization (2019)
U.S. Fulbright Scholar - Nepal (2017-2018)
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Student Leader (2016-2017)
Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship (2015-2016)
Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Graduating Master’s Student Award (2014)
Outstanding M.S. Student of the Year, Dept. of Ecosystem Science and Management (2014)
Welder Wildlife Fellow, Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation (2013-2014)
Texas A&M University, Graduate Diversity Fellowship (2012-2014)
Certificate of Merit-USDA Forest Service (2011)
My research interests include invasive species management and ecological restoration. I have previously worked in desert and rangeland ecosystems but my current work is concerned with the social and ecological causes and consequences of plant species invasions in forested and tropical systems. More specifically, I focus on assessing the effectiveness of invasive species management techniques in Nepal near the border of Chitwan National Park. This research explores public perceptions of invasive species management and its influence on the adoption of new or modified control techniques, feedbacks between people and the environment, and restoration approaches.
I also have a passion for addressing the lack of diversity within scientific disciplines. I hope to engage undergraduate and high school level students in the ecological sciences and contribute to the diversification of this discipline. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Environmental Life Science and hold an M.S. in Ecosystem Science and Management from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Forest and Rangeland Ecology and Management from the University of Nevada Reno.