I’m currently a Research Assistant in the Hoban Conservation Lab, with the Center for Tree Science at the Morton Arboretum. Using population genetic data, I work with other members of the lab, and other groups within and outside of the Arboretum, to inform the conservation of rare plant species.
Currently, I’m comparing two types of genetic markers (SNPs generated using RADseq, and more traditional microsatellites) and exploring how the choice of these markers effects measures of ex situ conservation. I’m using genetic sequences from two rare oak species (Quercus boyntonii and Q. acerifola) for the empirical data of this project, which is part of a broader effort by the Global Conservation Consortium for Oaks (GCCO) to protect threatened oak species. Links to the code for this analysis are below.
I received my Master’s of Science degree at Utah State University, where I worked in the Pearse Lab and the Wolf Lab. More information about the research I did in each of these labs can also be found below.
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MSc in Biology/Ecology, 2020
Utah State University
BSc in Neuroscience, 2014
University of Nevada, Reno