I’m currently pursuing my PhD under Dr. Jaime Sabel at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. The Sabel lab is a mixed-methods discipline based education research lab that researches the use of scaffolds to support undergraduate biology students in developing their metacognitive skills. However, my personal research centers around the use of scaffolds to support undergraduate biology students in decreasing plant blindness and increasing botanical literacy. I have taught both majors and non-majors undergraduate lab courses, as well as guest lectured and co-taught in biology lecture courses.
I received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma where I studied the fossilized spores of the Missippian-aged cormose ligulate lycopsid known as Winslowia tuscumbiana. From there, I went on to receive a Master’s of Science degree in Biology from Texas State University where I researched how different classroom interventions affected student knowledge of, and attitudes toward, invasive species.