Graduate Student, School of Integrative Plant Science
PhD Program Advisor: Marvin Pritts
My PhD dissertation, “Research is Nuts”, examines the past, present, and future role of temperate nut trees in both Indigenous and non-native communities through paleoethnobotany, ethnographic literature, archival documents, agricultural experiments, and social science methods.
I utilize community engaged and participatory methods to develop collaborative projects such as the Skarù:rę Food Forest Project and interactive workshops for ages 5 - 95. I am interested in contributing to the development of decolonial praxis in sustainable agriculture research and education.
Beyond my formal studies, I contribute to extension, community organizing, and equity work by serving on the Agroforestry Program Work Team for Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Board of Directors for the Society of Ethnobiology, the SIPS Diversity and Inclusion Council, and QGrads President (’20-’21).
Outside of academia I am a parent, musician, forager, gardener, cyclist, rock climber, and lifelong wanderer.