I am a postdoctoral researcher studying undergraduates’ decision making and scientific literacy in the context of socioscientific issues.
Broadly speaking, I consider myself an environmental social sciences researcher. I am interested in learning about the relationships between people, education, and the environment, with the goal of discovering avenues for improving environmental sustainability and justice. I also engage in research in science education to create engaging and effective curriculum around socioscientific issues.
I use quantitative methods, particularly survey and learning assessment design, and qualitative methods, such as interviews and written responses. My research has taken place in many contexts, including climate change organizations, urban agriculture, university classrooms, and Indigenous communities. I have engaged in research partnerships in Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia as a PhD student, and in Germany as a Fulbright student researcher. I appreciate opportunities to practice my Spanish and German language skills.
I grew up near Kalamazoo, Michigan and went to Michigan State University for my undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology/Microbiology. I spent a year traveling and volunteering on organic farms through the Worldwide Organization of Organic Farms and spent a year in AmeriCorps in Asheville, NC where I served as a science and mathematics classroom aide and tutor. I decided to return to Michigan State University for my PhD, receiving a dual degree with foci in Environmental Science & Policy and STEM education. In my free time, I enjoy biking, reading, and practicing and teaching yoga.