My studies are focused at the intersection of political ecology, science & technology studies (STS), and ethnobotany. For my dissertation research, I am using a multispecies ethnography lens to investigate relationships between medicinal plants and humans. Specifically, my research is focused on pathways by which certain plants, rituals, and knowledge associated with the use of ayahuasca travel between Ucayali, Peru and California. My background is in plant ecology, and I have an MS in ecology from Colorado State University for my work studying the interactive effects of climate change and grazing on grassland plant communities. I have worked in environmental education in the past, and I greatly enjoy facilitating experiences for youth to interact with and learn about their environments.
I work as research coordinator for the nonprofit organization, Alianza Arkana.