I obtained my B.Sc. in Biology (specializing in Ecology) from the University of British Columbia in 2017. In the Angert lab, I studied variation in floral traits in Clarkia pulchella, characterizing plastic responses and geographic variation influenced by climate. I also assisted in research on a variety of lab projects relating to plant evolutionary ecology. Since then I have been working and travelling, and recently finished a field tech position with MSU Forestry.
The ability of plants to sense and respond to their surroundings is crucial for their evolution and persistence and is achieved in large part by phenology, the timing of life history events (e.g. flowering). I am interested in phenological sensitivity to climate and how plant responses are influenced by not just warming, but factors like environmental gradients, inter-annual variation, biotic interactions, and relevant traits. Also, understanding the adaptive and plastic nature of these responses can lead to better predictions for how species will evolve or cope with the effects of accelerating climate change. I am excited to explore these and other ideas in Nemophila menziesii as I develop my PhD project in the Mazer lab this fall.