About Me


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

Adjunct Instructor, St. Louis Community College

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

I am interested in plant science career development and in better understanding how skills-based career development programming can help create a more equitable and inclusive job market. I am available to work on consulting and writing projects (see Freelance Work page).

Currently, I work as a grant writer and independent consultant at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. I assist in grant writing projects and assessing the needs of plant science and agricultural technology employers in St. Louis to create successful career development programming for St. Louisans.

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.