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I returned to Seattle to begin my postdoctoral fellowship in 2012
after wandering away for several years to pursue my graduate
education. Most recently, I spent the five years in New Zealand
wandering along treelines, helping my husband find kiwi birds, and
starting my family. My research stems from my favorite childhood and
adult pastime, wandering around in the mountains.

Here is a description of my research.

Graduate Students:

I lived in Hong Kong until I was about five, but I grew up in Corvallis, Oregon, which will always
be my home. In 2012, I graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in mathematics.
While I was an undergrad, I became fascinated with how math can be used to model systems
and processes in the natural world. I decided to continue my studies in graduate school and
began a PhD program in Applied Mathematics at UW. I'm interested in mathematical models
in ecology and epidemiology, especially dealing with topics in conservation.

Apart from math, I also enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, and learning about Finland.

Here is a description of my research.

I grew up in Arkansas -- the Natural State -- where I gained a love and appreciation for the
natural world. After obtaining a BA in Mathematics from Ouachita Baptist University in 2010,
I decided to combine my passion for mathematics with my curiosity for ecology by pursuing
an MSc in Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. After completing the MSc in
2012, I entered UW's Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program.
QERM provides a great opportunity to synthesize quantitative methods and biological questions.
I am currently completing a master's by-pass in QERM before I officially begin doctoral work.
My main academic interests are the application of models such as integrodifference equations
and mixed integer programs to questions in climate change biology.

I love being immersed in the Pacific Northwest's physical and cultural landscapes. My passions
include teaching, cooking, playing the piano and pipe organ, playing racquetball, and spending
time with my wife, Sarah, and our bichon frise, Elphie. I'm also very excited and a bit
nervous about being a first-time father!

Here is a description of my research.

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon, but have lived all over the Pacific Northwest. I am very much
a Cascadian at heart; as long as it's overcast nine months out of the year and perpetually
mossy, I feel at home.

I received my B.S. in mathematics from The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 2005. After
taking several years off from school to explore other aspects of life, I decided to return to the
world of academia once more, this time as a graduate student in UW's Quantitative Ecology
and Resource Management (QERM) program. QERM gives me the opportunity to seamlessly
combine two of my passions -- mathematics and ecology -- into one field of research. I am
working jointly with Mark Kot in the Applied Math department and with Joshua Lawler in the
School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences.

Outside of school, I love spending my time playing music, brewing beer, foraging for mushrooms,
gardening, or spending time with my family.

Here is a description of my research.