Research

Research Interests

My doctoral research (Ohio University, Athens, OH) focused on halophyte biology with an emphasis on the species Atriplex prostrata and Salicornia europaea (Amaranthaceae). This research incorporated both field and laboratory experiments reflecting my interest in physiological ecology. My M.S. research (Miami University, Oxford, OH) was a study in which I tried to induce a greater concentration of taxol in the bark of yew trees through simulated insect attack and plant growth regulators. Taxol is an effective cancer treatment that is produced in the bark of yew trees, probably as an anti-herbivory mechanism.

My recent publications include overseas collaborations on cereal grains, halophytes and ecological physiology, community ecological studies on San Salvador Island, The Bahamas, and science pedagogy. My future research plans are to continue publishing in all of these fields.

In addition to statistical skills, I have gained experience employing analytical techniques such as high performance liquid chromatography, photosynthetic gas exchange, atomic absorption spectrophotometry, and molecular biology techniques.

Upon completion of research projects, I have taken my students to present their findings at scientific meetings. These include Sigma Xi meetings as well as the Natural History meeting on San Salvador Island. When research is ultimately published in scientific journals I encourage students to complete as much of the writing as they can so they may earn first authorship.