I am a founding member of Fungal Garden and UMNMC where I served as secretary from 2012-2014, Vice President from 2015 – 2016 and President since 2017. I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated, talented, inclusive team at UMNMC who knit together diverse departments, disciplines, backgrounds, and career levels to form community around fungal studies at the UMN, and facilitate amazing science outreach initiatives at the university, and across the state of Minnesota.
I’m currently a 4th year Ph.D. candidate, advised by Dr. Peter Kennedy, in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology. I’m broadly interested in fungal ecology and the mechanisms structuring host-specificity, host-switching and context dependent niche occupation, and investigate these using a combination of field work, classic wet bench microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics. When I’m not at the lab, I enjoy drawing and making found object art, gardening and making fermentables, Olympic lifting and biking, and (of course), hunting for mushrooms.