• B.S. in Biology – University of Central Florida, 2014
• Co-enrolled M.S. in Environmental Horticulture and DPM
I was born and raised here in the state of Florida, and my love for plant science began during my undergraduate studies. During this time, I participated in a study abroad trip to Guyana, South America to study the ethnobotanical use of plants by the Macushi Amerindians, with Professor Steve Myers. Exposure to this indigenous culture, and respect for the plants around them in terms of both use and conservation, left me captivated.
My interests in plant identification, propagation, and diagnostics are all encompassing and continuously evolving. This has coincided well with the objectives and opportunities provided within the DPM program, and I look forward to my future experiences in applied practice and research in such a multifaceted environment.
Additionally, I am pursuing my Master’s in Environmental Horticulture under the advisory of Dr. Knox, Dr. Wilson, and Dr. Mallinger. My thesis work will focus on pollinator plant interactions, evaluating the efficacy and resource value of ornamental plants for native bees. My goal is to generate the necessary research to support the assumptions that certain ornamentals marketed as pollinator friendly provide beneficial floral resources to our native bee populations.