I am generally interested in microbial populations and their impact on human health. My research before starting in the Drake lab was focused on quantifying and predicting the prevalence of Microcystis aeruginosa populations and an associated hepatotoxin, microcystin, in fresh water systems. This work has continued with my collaborators at MSU. We are currently exploring ecological mechanisms that control microcystin expression.
While in the Drake lab, I have worked on developing microbial systems to demonstrate and explore population extinctions due to various mechanisms including deteriorating environments, small population sizes, and experimental noise. I look forward to future work that combines ecological principles, microbiology and human health.