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About me

For most of my academic career, I studied complex microbial transformations in marine and subsurface terrestrial environments. I am seeking opportunities to contextualize environmental DNA studies to help tribal communities make management decisions for their communities. 



University of Minnesota

Ph.D., Biogeology


University of New Mexico

M.S., Biogeochemistry


University of New Mexico

B.S., Biology

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship 2017 American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

  • Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM (LTP) Scholar 2017

  • The Pennsylvania State University College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
    Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship 2017

  • University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellow 2016

  • University of Minnesota Department of Earth Sciences Sam Goldich Footsteps Award 2015

  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow 2011

  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship 2008

  • Alliance for Minority Participation 2007

  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar 2006

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