I work with the Biology Education Research Group to investigate how students develop sophisticated ideas about fundamental principles of physiology. Most of my work draws on qualitative data analysis to identify and characterize reasoning patterns in a population of biology students at various levels of experience.
I am a graduate of Western Washington University in Biology (emphasis in botany). To further my interest in plant ecology, I received a Master's of Science from Oregon State University in Forest Science. This experience sparked my enthusiasm for biogeochemistry, which I pursed as a doctoral student in the Forestry Department at Michigan State University (MSU). After completely my Ph.D., I began postdoctoral work in the Teacher Education Department at MSU, where I studied how middle and high school students reason about carbon-transforming processes as well as an interdisciplinary investigation into how undergraduate students leverage ideas from their biology, chemistry, and physics courses to reason about complex phenomena.