About Me

Postdoc 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 a science educator and communicator available for consulting and writing projects. My passion for clear and concise science communication combined with my enthusiasm for science is evident in all of my work.

Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO where I conduct research on plant awareness disparity (PAD, formerly known as plant blindness) and functional botanical literacy (FBL). I also teach biology courses as an adjunct instructor at St. Louis Community College.

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.