About Me

Postdoc at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO

Ph.D. from University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

M.S. in Biology from Texas State University, San Marcos, TX

B.S. in Biology from Cameron University, Lawton, OK

Discipline-Based Education Researcher

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher and education project manager at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. I am the CURE and ARE coordinator for the Education Research and Outreach Laboratory and I conduct research on plant awareness disparity (PAD, formerly known as plant blindness) and functional botanical literacy (FBL).

I completed my Ph.D. under Dr. Jaime Sabel at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. My dissertation research centers around the use of decision-making scaffolds related to socioscientific issues (SSIs) to support undergraduate biology students in decreasing PAD and increasing FBL (see the “Research Interests,” tab).

I received a Bachelor of Science degree from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where I studied the fossilized spores of the Missippian-aged cormose ligulate lycopsid known as Winslowia tuscumbiana. From there, I went on to receive a Master’s of Science degree in Biology from Texas State University where I researched how different classroom interventions affected student knowledge of, and attitudes toward, invasive species.