About

Here is my resume.

Introduction
I am currently an industry data analyst working with national and international public opinion surveys. I enjoy working with large datasets and combining multifarious data to address novel questions. For my dissertation and postdoc work, I have used linear and generalized linear mixed-effects modeling, Bayesian hierarchical modeling, and spatial point pattern analysis. I am also familiar with structural equation modeling and generalized additive modeling.

Postdoc research
In my postdoc appointment at The Morton Arboretum (Lisle, IL, USA), I used Bayesian hierarchical modeling and fossil pollen data (from Neotoma) to create spatiotemporal pollen surfaces of eastern North American trees since the Last Glacial Maximum (~21,000 years before present). The goal is to develop a computationally more efficient pollen model that can make formal estimates of uncertainty. This work is part of a larger, interdisciplinary NSF-funded project, with the aim of integrating multiple data sources in a single statistical framework to better understand species’ biogeographic histories.

PhD research
For my dissertation work, I focused on tree recruitment patterns in temperate forests. I used distances between stems in mapped forest plots to evaluate spatial patterns thought to result from conspecific negative density dependence. I found that mycorrhizal type and shade tolerance may affect the magnitude of conspecific negative density dependence.

I used data sets collected by my lab (the Plant Ecology Lab), which are publicly available. In particular, the Carolina Vegetation Survey contains thousands of plots across the southeastern U.S., allowing us to answer questions about plant communities across a large region.

Academic culture
I’m interested in the structure and culture of academia. Recent media exposure has shed light on some troubling patterns in academic labs, including abuses of power, research ethics, and sexual harassment. I worked within my department at UNC-Chapel Hill to address some of these issues. Here is more info about some of our work: https://academicstakingaction.wordpress.com/

General
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions about trees, ecology, surviving graduate school, the postdoc experience, academia, women in science, R code, crochet patterns, Star Trek, cats, or making fun resin projects!