I am interested in the impacts humans have on the environment and the ways we can mitigate those impacts through the restoration of Wisconsin's natural communities. Here at Stout, I work on the reclamation and restoration of oak savannas, prairies, and riparian corridor communities in the Red Cedar Watershed with the aim to improve surface water quality through land management practices. I work with several local groups including the Prairie Enthusiasts, Trout Unlimited, the Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership, and local governments to implement and monitor restoration projects involving students in the Environmental Science Program as well as our General Education courses.
I manage the UW-stout Greenhouse, advise the Natural Areas Club student org, and teach courses in Plant Biology, Restoration Ecology, Biostatistics, Research Methods, and Sustainability. My student researchers and I are currently working on projects involving urban stream stressors and restoration, invasive plant management, wetland restoration, and prairie/savanna restoration on former sand and gravel mine sites.