Wildcat Spotlight

Oxidized and reduced forms of nitrogen are the most common and costly input nutrient that often limits carbon assimilation in plants. The forms of nitrogen present in plants are nitrate and ammonium, which are very mobile in the soil. N (especially as NO3) is also the cause of significant...
My master’s research focuses on the formation, persistence, and toxicity of deep-water layers of cyanobacteria in some of these clear-water lakes in New Hampshire and aims to answer an important part of the broader question of when do cyanobacteria blooms produce toxins. New Hampshire boasts some...
My work aims to begin understanding the relationship between cyanobacteria density and toxicity in the water versus the air, and the factors that increase or decrease their aerosolization. I will be investigating the cyanotoxins microcystins, liver toxins, and BMAA, a neurotoxin. This will be an...
My research focuses on the transfer of cyanobacteria toxins from lakes to food plants via direct exposure to lake water at the roots as well as  indirect indirect exposure via aerosolized toxins deposited on plant surfaces.  Specifically, I am focusing on the cyanobacteria toxin Microcystin, a...
The Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus sp.) has a unique life history in that they rear young on vertebrate carcasses they have submersed beneath the soil. My research focuses on how the unique life history of the Burying Beetle influences the microbial community in the soil and its biogeochemical...
"I am broadly interested in understanding the evolutionary origins of eusociality, a highly derived and complex form of social organization and reproduction. To do this, I study facultatively social small carpenter bees (genus Ceratina), which represent evolutionary antecedents to the eusocial form...
A view from history shows us that the definition of science literacy is ever growing in both meaning and application. Currently, scientific literacy defines what the public should know about science in order to live more effectively in respect to the natural world (DeBoer, 2000).  Broadly, my...
Advisor: Dr. Rebecca SidemanResearch Topic: Extending the production seasons of strawberry and spinach in the Northeastern U.S. The primary objective of our season extension research with strawberry is to determine the most effective low-tunnel materials for enhancing yield, season duration, and...
Advisor: Dr. J. Brent Loy Research Topic: Vegetative melon grafting for season extension I grew up on a NH farm and have a deep connection to the earth and wholesome food. I obtained my A.S. in Culinary Arts from Strafford University in VA, and after working in the preparation side of food for 20...
The primary objective of this research is to understand how microbial populations are regulated by physical environment and different cultivars of strawberries and tomatoes and how they influence disease. We are investigating how effective biocontrols, living organisms that are natural antagonists...
Hydroponic plant production allows plants to be grown in a nutrient water solution, where the nutrients are derived from chemical fertilizers. Aquaponics is similar as the plants are grown in water rather than soil, but the nutrients are derived naturally from fish waste. My research is looking at...
My topics of passion are diversity in agroecosystems and integrated systems approach to farm management. I earned my Bachelor’s degree as one of the first Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production Systems majors at UNH in 2012.  My studies encompass both animal and plant agriculture and their...