microbial ecologist, instructor, & bioinformatician
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with Dr. Vincent Denef. I hope to receive my PhD in August 2018 and am currently looking for a post doctoral position in microbial ecology and evolution - please contact me if you are interested!
I like to use high throughput sequencing and computational tools to evaluate microbial community assembly, diversity, and function across two microhabitats in freshwater ecosystems. A main goal of my research is to fit bacteria into current ecological patterns and to learn how the environment, microhabitat, and microbial interations influence the genomic traits of bacteria.
In addition to my dissertation research, I am a graduate student consultant through the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, the co-chair of the mentoring subcommittee of the Software Carpentry organization, and an executive board member of the University of Michigan chapter of FEMMES.
PhD in Ecology & Evolution, 2018
University of Michigan
MSc in Ecology & Evolution, 2014
University of Michigan
BA in Microbiology, 2011
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I am an exectuvie board member for FEMMES, which is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Working in diverse and underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote the participation, confidence, and technical skills of girls in STEM.
I am the co-chair of the mentoring subcommittee for the global Software Carpentry organization and have taught 7 workshops on
I have taught five semester-long courses as a graduate student instructor (GSI) at the University of Michigan in the Program in Biology:
In addition, I taught the following programming/bioinformatics workshops:
A 3 hour local & remote (via YouTube) lesson with 4 classrooms (University of Michigan; University of California, Davis; Simon Fraser University; Ontario Institute for Cancer Research) on Creating Dynamic Documents with RMarkdown and Knitr.
2-week University of California, Davis: Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis Workshop, invited lead instructor.
I have co-taught 8 workshops through the Software Carpentry organization.