In my classes at Hollins I make every effort to provide opportunities for hands-on, inquiry-based learning. From collaborating with an award-winning architect to design a sustainable community to spending days in the field learning to identify common native and invasive woody plants, it’s always an adventure! While students get the required foundational knowledge for success, we also work on developing critical thinking skills and the ability to apply your knowledge. In lab, we focus on performing authentic research projects and developing technical skill sets that will serve students within their chosen career path.
As a researcher, I am a wildlife disease ecologist and my particular area of expertise is in tick-borne disease ecology. I especially enjoy examining the ways in which humans affect disease and wildlife dynamics with much of my past work centering around the effects of prescribed fire on tick population dynamics and disease risk.