- restoration ecology
- seed collection and conservation
- native plant materials development
I came to the Desert Botanical Garden as an educator in 2008, working seasonally while I earned my bachelor’s degree in plant biology, and joined the research department in 2016. My graduate work involves understanding how Sonoran Desert plant community composition is affected by disturbance, especially fire. Understanding the dynamics of plant community composition will help us better understand how and when humans should intervene after disturbances. My ongoing projects include coordinating a pilot project to increase the availability of Sonoran Desert native plant materials for restoration projects in the Phoenix area and leading our native seed collection efforts.