received her B.S. in Biology from Trinity University and her PhD
in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior from Michigan State University in 1999.
Her current research emphasis is mycorrhizal associations and how they affect the distribution of host plants. She
has focused on understanding the effects of land use history and drought on orchid mycorrhizae and the effects of
non-native earthworms on tree seedling mycorrhizae. She works in both upland forests and estuarine wetlands and employs
a combination of field and molecular techniques.