June 17th, 2021

My paper with Kristi Brownlee and Jaime Sabel regarding PAD in introductory biology textbooks was published today! Head over to the publications page to get the pdf!

March 31st, 2021

My paper with undergraduate researcher Kristi Brownlee demonstrating that undergraduate biology textbooks demonstrate high levels of PAD has been accepted and is in production with the Journal of Biological Education! View my list of publications for the citation.

Additionally, I presented a lightning talk to the British Ecological Society’s conference, “Tackling the Roots of Plant Blindness,” today. It was exciting to speak with others who view PAD as a serious problem and want to contribute to fixing the problem! I spoke about my paper proposing PAD as a replacement for plant blindness, and I received a lot of supportive feedback.

March 25th, 2021

I presented my research regarding the PAD Index instrument at the Memphis DATA conference today! Last years conference was canceled due to COVID but this year we were able to participate via zoom.

March 11th, 2021

I defended my dissertation today! My talk was entitled, “Exploring New Approaches to the Problem of Plant Awareness Disparity in Undergraduate Students.” My talk took place during the University of Memphis Dept. of Biological Sciences seminar, and I was very excited to share my dissertation work with the department.

February 17th, 2021

My advisor and I gave an invited talk to the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. It was conducted via zoom but I was very excited to have another opportunity to present my work to a new audience.

January 15th, 2021

Today I presented my research regarding PAD and functional botanical literacy at the TN STEM Education Conference, conducted via zoom. It was nice to see the familiar faces from last year!

October 3rd, 2020

My paper arguing for a terminology change from, “plant blindness,” to “plant awareness disparity,” has been published on Plants, People, Planet, Early View. Click here to read it, and view my list of publications for the full citation.

June 16th, 2020

I have registered for SABER’s online conference and am presenting a poster. I certainly wish I could see everyone in person, but I’m very glad to be able to present the research that I did with two very talented undergraduate students! It was a pleasure to work with them and I’m glad their work will be recognized.

March 5th, 2020

I was recently interviewed for the Talaterra podcast, a program run by Tania Marien about freelance educators working in natural resource fields and environmental education (see:

The episode can be found here.

It was a very fun and interesting experience, as I’ve never had the chance to do something like this before. I really enjoyed myself so I hope to do more engagements like this in the future.

March 4th, 2020

I have been named a 2020 Plantae Fellow through the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)! Fellows are chosen to nurture and expand the community of plant scientists on, a plant science networking site sponsored and created by the ASPB. I will primarily be involved in collecting, creating, and contributing science communication, education, and outreach resources as well as facilitating discussions and interactions surrounding these topics. See here for more information! You can also find my Plantae profile here.

February 17th, 2020

This past weekend I travelled to Florida International University in Miami to give a talk about my research surrounding plant blindness. I very much enjoyed the warmer weather and had a great time talking to other science educators and botanists concerned with alleviating plant blindness in undergraduate biology courses.

December 7th, 2019

As of two days ago, plant blindness is officially 100 years old. The first documentation of it was in the journal Science on December 5th, 1919. Yesterday I gave a talk to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO about it and somehow forgot to mention this, but I’m very excited to have received this chance. I was visiting to collect data pertaining to my dissertation, and was not disappointed by the plethora of interesting research going on there. Hopefully I’ll be able to come back at some point (if for no other reason than to collect more data)!

November 18th, 2019

I have made it back from NABT 2019 in Chicago and it was such a great experience! NABT has been one of my favorite conferences since I started going a few years ago. I am very excited to share that all three posters I contributed to won an award! My poster on the validity and reliability of the Plant Blindness Index and Botanical Literacy Inventory won 3rd place in the Graduate Biology Education Research poster competition. However, I am actually even more excited about the fact that the undergraduate I’m working with on plant blindness in textbooks received first place in the Undergraduate Biology Education Research poster competition! She did such a great job presenting and I’m very happy that she won this award during her first-ever NABT conference and poster competition. Lastly, my friend and colleague won first place in the Graduate Biology Education Research poster competition! She is such a hard worker and deserves this recognition more than I could ever possibly explain. Such an eventful and fun conference.

NABT 2019 poster pic

Oh and I almost forgot: I am officially a Ph.D. candidate as of Wednesday, November 13th! I am very happy to have cleared this particular milestone and ready to begin dissertating as soon as I can.

November 8th, 2019

Well, a lot is happening here very quickly! First of all my PI, Dr. Jaime Sabel, is recruiting a Ph.D. student to join our lab. You can read more about this position here, and you can read about our research group here. I will also be defending my prospectus next Wednesday to become a PhD candidate, so I’m very excited about that! And finally, I will be an author on three posters being presented at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) conference next week: one about the development process of two instruments I am creating for my dissertation, one about a project that an undergrad and I worked on evaluating undergraduate intro biology textbooks based upon their use of plant and animal images, and one about pre-service teachers and their explorations of biodiversity in their environment. We actually leave for the conference the day after I defend my prospectus! If you’d like to learn more about our lab, or if you’d like to know what it’s like to work with Dr. Sabel, please feel free to reach out via the contact tab!

July 27th, 2019

I had a fantastic time presenting at the Society for Advancement in Biology Education Research! SABER is possibly my favorite conference to attend as I always get such great interest and input for my work from the people who attend my presentations. This time I gave a talk, which I was very excited to do as there were not many talk slots available and we had a record high attendance! I’ll share a picture below.

I’m also excited to announce that my latest publication with some colleagues (Austin Leone, Sara Salisbury, Zach Nolen, Jenn Idema, Katherine Stefanik, and Kristy Daniel) is available on the Bioscene website! You can find it here. It’s not very related to my usual work, but it was a publication that came from a group project that I worked on with them during my Master’s degree at Texas State University, and I am so happy that it finally got published! I was primarily responsible for the theoretical framework, but it was definitely a group effort to get this done and to publication!


April 4th, 2019

Unfortunately, due to coming down with a terrible head cold, I was not able to present at the Association for Southeastern Biologists. I was so looking forward to it! But luckily my fantastic advisor was nice enough to present my research for me, and she said it went very well and that we had a few very good questions.

March 1st, 2019

I just got back from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference. It was an amazing experience to present alongside so many amazing researchers! I had some great conversations and look forward to coming back!

February 14th, 2019

The Tennessee STEM Education conference went fantastic! I presented a talk about my recent work with causal maps in a Botany classroom and had so many great questions from the crowd! It was very exciting to see what all of our neighbors here in Tennessee are up to.

November 15th, 2018

I just got back a few days ago from NABT 2018 and had a fantastic time! It was so great to see so many excellent research projects!


September 4th, 2018

I have been accepted to present my research at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference on November 8th in San Diego, California. I really enjoy NABT as there are so many great people to talk to and so many wonderful teachers to learn from! Maybe I’ll meet some new people this year!

July 30th, 2018

This past weekend at SABER I presented a poster on my research so far. It was a very productive and enlightening conference! I’m so glad I went!


April 19th, 2018

I just found out that I have been selected to attend the FEW-Nexus conference in Washington, D.C.! It will be May 22-23 and I will be presenting a poster about my research.

The FEW-Nexus is a conference where faculty and grad students who study areas within the Food Energy and Water fields share their work and come together to create a national collaborative for Food Energy and Water systems education (NC-FEW)!

It should be a very interesting and transformative collaboration!

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