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Grassland at Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Barbara County


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I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Nathan Kraft’s plant community ecology lab at the University of California, Los Angeles in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology. I am interested in the effects of climate change on the composition and structure of plant communities. In particular, I study how changes in water availability affect competition and coexistence in an annual grassland in Southern California.

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I grew up in Washington DC and then moved to Minnesota for my undergraduate education at Carleton College. I spent a few years after college working for the Minnesota Conservation Corps and as a field technician on various research projects including studies on herbivory in a tallgrass prairie and the translocation of desert tortoises. I started my PhD at UCLA in 2017. In my free time I enjoy hiking, biking, watching NBA basketball, weaving, and hanging out with my dog Bambam.

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