I am currently a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. My work focuses on the causes and consequences of biological diversity. Currently, I am studying how plants and soil microbes influence community structure in prairies and ecological succession in freshwater sand dunes. I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Rice University, where I worked with Jennifer Rudgers. For my dissertation, I addressed the consequences of plant species diversity and genetic diversity within a dominant species for community properties and ecosystem properties. I received a B.S. in Biology (concentration in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) from the University of Tennessee.