Research Interests (300 words)
At the USDA, I work with a great team at Biotechnology Regulatory Services on regulation of genetically engineered plants.
As a teacher, I have investigated how best to engage students in both formal and informal learning lettings, asking what teaching strategies and outreach projects are most effective in inspiring urban people to care about maintaining and increasing urban biodiversity.
My recent research centers on urban ecology. I am working with the U.S. Forest Service to determine how the Philadelphia urban forests will respond to the invasion of the emerald ash borer. I am also studying how lichen distributions respond to different urban conditions in the Phildelphia-Camden Urban Matrix. In my dissertation research, I studied how soil lichens influence soil structure, chemistry and biological communities?