I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Ruff Lab with a background in microbial ecology and soil sciences. My research goals are directed towards expanding our knowledge about the role of microbial communities in biogeochemical nutrient cycles. Specifically, I am interested in uncovering genomes, metabolic genes and their ecological functions by combining meta-omics, bioinformatics and biochemistry.
I did my PhD at the Joint Doctoral Program in Ecology through San Diego State University and University of California Davis. There, I combined bulk microbial and soil measurements with metagenomics to examine how extreme drought and invasive plants influence soil microbial communities and ecosystem functioning.