I study mycology and microbial ecology, write about science, and swear a lot while attempting to write code and make scientific illustrations.
I’m currently in the final year of my PhD, advised by Dr. Peter Kennedy, in the University of Minnesota’s department of Plant and Microbial Biology. I'm broadly interested in using molecular methods, bioinformatics, field and greenhouse assays to investigate the mechanisms structuring fungal community dynamics. My thesis deals with host-specificity and genomics using the mycorrhizal genus Suillus- a pretty gross, slimy mushroom that smells like rotting compost and seems to always be infested with maggots, but is nonetheless quite splendid.
I live in South Minneapolis with my Fiancé Clayton, and our Great Dane and Blue Healer. When I’m not at the lab, I ride bikes, ferment stuff, make found object art, garden, collect bad 90’s punk music, and (of course), hunt for mushrooms.