A scientist at heart, my passion for learning and discovering is lifelong. From my roots in the Midwest to my new home in Alaska, the natural world has always been my refuge and (during field season!) my office. I am privileged to have the opportunity to create data that allows humans to uncover the stories that trees have to tell through the practice of dendrochronology.
I am invigorated by the chance to share the findings of current research, or communicate the scientific take on the natural world more broadly - always with clarity for general audiences in mind. Let's do what we can to break down barriers to knowledge, and make our collective understanding of our planet accessible to all!
Publications, posters, public speaking, and teaching
MA in Geography (July 2021) University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Thesis Title: “Earlywood vessel area analysis of Quercus macrocarpa tree rings at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in Minnesota”
Recipient: CLA Graduate Fellowship
Advisor: Dr. Daniel Griffin
BS in Geography (May 2015) University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Thesis Title: “A false ring chronology of three red pine (Pinus resinosa) sites in Superior National Forest, MN”
Recipient: Outstanding Graduating Senior in Geography
Advisor: Dr. Kurt F. Kipfmueller
BS in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management (May 2015) University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Environmental Sciences Specialization
Advisor: Dr. Dylan Millet
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Hydrology and Aquatic Resources Conservation Webinar Series, November 18, 2020. [virtual]
“Dendrochronology to inform management of floodplain forests in the Upper Mississippi River Basin”
Building Bridges Conference, March 7, 2020. Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
Invited workshop: “Making climate data sing: Music as a tool for communicating data to the masses.”
American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, December 9-13, 2019. San Francisco, CA
“Anatomy, allometry, and climate: Assessment of multiple Quercus macrocarpa tree ring parameters at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, MN”
Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, October 17, 2019. St. Paul, MN
“The Past and Future of Bur Oaks in MN – Their Ecologial and Historical Significance”
Led interpretive nature walk through a wooded park in St. Paul and fielded questions from professional urban foresters
Association of American Geographers, West Lakes Division Annual Meeting, November 1-3, 2018. University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, La Crosse, WI
“Earlywood vessel area of Quercus macrocarpa as a potential proxy for climate in Minnesota.” Oral presentation
Life Sciences & Society Symposium, March 12 and 17-19, 2016. University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
Invited guest to undergraduate composition seminar, performed “A Song of Our Warming Planet” and discussed the motivation/process to the conference audience
Association of American Geographers, Annual Meeting, April 21-25 Chicago, IL.
Poster presentation: “A false ring chronology of red pine (Pinus resinosa) in Superior National Forest, MN.”
Will Steger Foundation: Summer Institute for Energy Education, August 4, 2014. Audubon Center of the North Woods, Sandstone, MN.
Performed “A Song of Our Warming Planet” and led a discussion about climate communication using music.
UMR Connects Speaker Series, July 8, 2014, University of Minnesota – Rochester, Rochester, MN
Invited speaker to perform “A Song of Our Warming Planet” and discuss/field questions related to the intersection of climate science and the arts.
Institute on the Environment – Frontiers in the Environment Series, November 20, 2013. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN
“Resonate! How 90 seconds of cello music is helping people connect with climate science”
ScienceOnline Climate – August 14-16, 2013. Washington, D.C.
Invited performance of “A Song of Our Warming Planet,” participated in discussion and Q/A with the conference audience.
Summer 2019 – Fall 2019, Fall 2020 – Spring 2021, GEOG 1403, “Biogeography of the Global Garden.” Teaching Assistant.
Instructors of record: Udya Thapa, Prof. Daniel Griffin, Prof. Kurt Kipfmueller.
Taught up to 75 students per semester in lab sessions (in person until Spring 2020), assisted in development of content. Completed required tasks and grading according to weekly deadlines.
Spring 2020, GEOG 1403, “Biogeography of the Global Garden.” Lead Teaching Assistant.
Instructor of record: Prof. Kurt Kipfmueller.
Coordinated a class of > 250 students and 7 individual TAs. Organized and led weekly TA meetings, fielded student concerns/complaints. Assisted in the online adaptation of the course following COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
February 11, 2020. FNRM 3501, “Arboriculture.” Guest lecturer.
Instructor of record: Prof. Gary Johnson
“Straws in the ground: Bur oak quantitative wood anatomy at the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve, MN”