I’m a graduate of South Dakota State University with a BS in Microbiology and spent my first year of graduate school at Michigan State University in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program. Now I’m at Indiana University in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior  program where I’m working towards my Ph.D. in Dr. Jay Lennon’s lab. My research interests are in soil microbial ecology and plant microbe interactions within these communities as well as bacterial biogeography. I’m also interested in changes to these communities due to anthropogenic activities, specifically due to land use changes, climate change.

The purpose of this blog is to be part therapeutic, part educational. When I was starting graduate school, I really wanted some advice for a science student entering graduate school, and I had some trouble finding it. My advice on grad school can be found with the tags “Guidebook” & “Grad School”. More personal updates on the life of a graduate student can be found under the “Lab Meeting” tag. Also, I’ll be uploading science-related links and stories that I find super interesting. Although current news stories and other random science posts get turned around more quickly on my tumblr site.

Beyond that, I’ll be sharing with you bits about my life. Along with science and microbial ecology, I’m a bit of a foodie and a localvore. I’m a democrat and a feminist. I’m originally a South Dakotan and I’m concerned with rural issues.

In the end, this blog is a bit like me. A bit loud, sometimes raw, and always opinionated*.

*Thoughts and opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone and do not reflect IU, MSU, SDSU or any other organization I’m affiliated with.*


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