Research Support Specialist
B.S. (Summa Cum Laude), Environmental Science, Allegheny College, Meadville PA.
M.S., Soil Science, Washington State University, Puyallup WA.
My undergraduate degree in Environmental Science began my interest in sustainable farming; later at the Rodale Institute I became interested in cover cropping in reduced tillage organic agriculture. Then at WSU I studied this system in further detail: examining the effects of cover crop variety, termination timing, and termination techniques on soil health, weed dynamics, crop production, and ecosystem services. The goal of my work is to make sustainable farming practices more accessible and effective for farmers.
My work with the Ryan Lab focuses on 1) study of the newly developed perennial grain, Kernza (intermediate wheatgrass, T. intermedium) and perennial rye, 2) managing nurseries of three legume crops for a cover crop breeding study, and 3) serving as all-around Lab Mom, Social Manager, and Very Organized Person.