I am a microbial ecologist studying biodiversity-function relationships in terrestrial carbon cycling. I use next generation sequencing techniques to better understand the metabolic diversity and functional traits of microbes stratified in soil aggregates.
I earned my B.S. with a double major in Biology and Philosophy in 2015 from Calvin University. I worked as an undergraduate research assistant and research technician for several years with John Wertz, where I studied the physiological ecology of Cephalotes ant gut symbionts.