Before coming to UW Tacoma I was a post-doctoral researcher in the Systematic Botany and Mycology Lab of the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. There I worked on nomenclature and taxonomy of invasive plant pathogens and helped to develop a database covering all published fungal species, searchable at http://nt.ars-grin.gov/fungaldatabases/index.cfm. I did my Ph.D. research at UW Seattle in the College of Forest Resources. I studied the effects of forest harvesting on ectomycorrhizal fungi of Douglas-fir seedlings and trees, in the Cedar River and Green River, the watersheds of Seattle and Tacoma, respectively.
I am a soil ecologist with research interests in the role of mycorrhizal fungi in forests and agricultural systems. Currently, I am investigating the impacts of biosolids applications on local forests by looking at soil metals, mycorrhizal fungus communities, and tree responses. I also use DNA sequencing to identify market substitution of farmed Atlantic salmon for Pacific salmon in stores and restaurants.