I joined the McLachlan lab in 2013 as the Project Manager for the PaleoEcological Observatory Network, also known as the PalEON project. I coordinate a diverse group of paleoecologists, environmental statisticians, and ecosystem modelers working to integrate historical ecological data into current ecosystem models to refine our understanding of global environmental change. As part of this project, I work with graduate students and undergraduate researchers in the McLachlan lab to reconstruct settlement-era vegetation in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois from Public Land Survey data. We use a mix of GIS and web-based collection and analysis tools. You can track our progress on our project google site.
I completed my PhD in invasion biology and aquatic ecology at Notre Dame in 2010. I studied the distribution and interactions of native and invasive crayfish in the Great Lakes region. After receiving my PhD I worked at Notre Dame’s Career Center as a Graduate Assistant and Career Advisor providing individual assistance and workshops to graduate students and post-docs to explore career options and create job application materials. I am excited to be back thinking about ecology and drivers of biotic change.