- Ph.D | Clemson University
- M.S. | John Carroll University
- B.S. | Cleveland State University
My expertise is in the management of plant diseases, and I am trained in disease diagnostics. I am interested and experienced across plant topics of regulatory significance including plant diseases, plant pests, and invasive plant species. Currently, I am working on a plant breeding program for eastern hemlock, Tsuga canadensis, and resistance to the invasive pest, hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). Specifically, our goals for this project are to optimize asexual propagation techniques, determine methods to initiate early seed cone production, and create a bioassay to screen hemlock trees for susceptibility to HWA. With previous experience in a cooperative extension lab and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University, I am also committed to education and public outreach regarding these interests. Passionate about Ohio’s natural and cultivated lands, I am excited to be at Holden and working for the protection of our threatened plant species.