I am a research assistant professor in the Biology Department at the University of New Mexico.
I work on how plant-microbe interactions affect biogeochemistry in arid lands. I study how soil fungi affect the performance of plants and biological soil crusts (biocrusts). I use natural abundance and labeled stable isotopes to identify resource exchanges in the soil.
I love teaching and have enjoyed being a teaching assistant as well as developing both lower- and upper-division courses during my Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. I am excited about the relatively new movement of developing “Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs)” as a way of conducting publishable research and involving students in novel research early in their careers.