I love trees and insects! My friends think I'm all about the bugs, but truly, it's how they impact the forests. Peel bark from a tree and you may find a variety of insects, fungi and whatever a camper left! It is amazing how tiny insects can impact vast forested landscapes.
I am a recent graduate student of the University of Colorado Denver in the Department of Integrative Biology at the Ragland Lab. I graduated from CU Denver with my master's degree in biology in May 2020 and my undergraduate degree in biology in May 2017. I really enjoy research and welcome any opportunity to share my science.
I am currently studying Dendroctonus rufipennis, the spruce bark beetle. You may have seen their work in the upper elevation forests in Colorado. I plan to learn much more about them and find ways to help forest management along the way. Previously I've worked with Dendroctonus ponderosae, the mountain pine beetle. Read on for more information!