My research interests over the course of my undergraduate education concentrated primarily on studying mechanisms of phytoremediation, pathological resistance in ornamental crops and conservation efforts in the Appalachian Mountains. Additionally I spent several summers as an active member of Ferrum College’s Water Quality Program as an associate of the Virginia Department of Health’s (VDH) Marina Education Program, an initiative which, through collaborative efforts between VDH, Ferrum College and residents of Smith Mountain Lake, seeks to educate recreational boaters regarding the detrimental effects negligent boating practices can have on public waterways.
My initial undergraduate studies focused on horticultural sciences and it is my current objective to continue my education by means of obtaining my master’s degree. I am very excited to continue learning in a laboratory setting and as both my scientific and plant propagation skills continue to develop. I am eager to see what educational opportunities exist in the field of horticulture.
In the future I hope to continue my studies of conservation practices in Appalachia, with a focus primarily on plants native to Virginia populating the Appalachian Trail. I feel these natural sources of recreation should be preserved for the enjoyment and education of future generations.