I am a scientist working in multidisciplinary research that focuses on understanding soil organic matter cycling. I earned my BS in Chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry at the University of California Irvine. While at UCI, I was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Steve Allison’s microbial ecology lab working on how substrate availability affected enzyme activity Alaskan boreal forest and California grassland soils. I pursued my Soil Science doctoral degree at Oregon State University under Dr. Markus Kleber. While there, I specialized in understanding protein-mineral interactions and the consequences of proteolysis mediated by soil minerals. Currently, I am researching the microbial feedbacks to SOM cycling as a consequence of drought in tropical forests under Dr. Nicholas Bouskill as a Postdoctoral Scholar.