I am originally from Louisiana (USA), and grew up in the biodiverse and culturally rich greater New Orleans area. My PhD studies (Insect Ecology Group, Zoology Department) studied the effects of management of oil palm plantations on invertebrates and their ecosystem functions. This allowed me to spend 15 months of my PhD on fieldwork in Sumatra, Indonesia.
In October 2021, I started as the Marshall Sherfield Fellow in the Insect Ecology Group (Zoology Department, Cambridge). In this role, I am managing a new collaborative project that is assessing socioecological differences between Liberian land use systems, and identifying aspects of land management that can improve overall crop sustainability. I am also a junior research fellow at St. Edmund's College (Cambridge).
Loyola University, New Orleans