Smith Lab Graduate Student
B.A.&Sc., International Studies and Environmental Science (2009). The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
M.S., Plant Biology, Field Naturalist concentration (2016). University of Vermont (Burlington, VT).
I study truffles in the genus Tuber with a focus on a group of native Tuber species that are commonly encountered as mycorrhizal symbionts to cultivated pecans (Carya illinoinensis) in orchard settings. My work addresses several unresolved aspects of the so-called "pecan truffle" system. I aim to use my research to illuminate the possibilities and obstacles to cultivating this regional delicacy.
You can review my publications on my Google Scholar Page