Education

Ph.D., Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, 2009
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Daniel B. Oerther
Doctoral Dissertation: “Comparative metagenomic approaches reveal swine-specific populations useful for fecal source identification.”

M.S., Environmental Science, University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, 2006
Thesis Advisors: Dr. Daniel B. Oerther and Dr Jorge Santo Domingo
Master’s Thesis: “Assessment of fecal source pollution in Plum Creek watershed, Nebraska using Bacteroidetes-targeted PCR assays and phylogenetic analysis.”

B.S., Biology, Lafayette College, 2004
Minor: Environmental Science
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Lorraine Mineo
Honor’s Thesis Title: “A comparison of drought and excessive precipitation condition in two tributaries feeding the Bushkill Creek, Jacobsburg, PA: A Water Quality Survey”

M.S., Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry, and Microbiology, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, expected
Advisor: Dr. Edmund Choi

RESEARCH AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Juniata College, 2012-present
Biology Department

Research Affiliate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2012-present
Earth Sciences Division, Ecology Department

E.O. Lawrence Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 2009-2012
Supervisor: Dr. Janet K. Jansson

Private Contractor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009
Self-employed
Contract: “Controlling microbial induced concrete corrosion”


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Graduate Student Trainee, 2004-2008
Supervisors: Dr. Daniel B. Oerther, Dr. Jorge Santo Domingo

EXCEL Research Scholar, Lafayette College, Department of Biology, 2003-2004
Supervisors: Dr. Nancy Waters, Dr. Lorraine Mineo

Robert Hunt Research Fellow, Lafayette College, Department of Biology, 2002-2003
Supervisor: Dr. Lorraine Mineo

National Science Foundation GK-12 Teaching Fellow, Science and Technology Enhancement Program (STEP), 2008-2009
Supervisors: Dr Andrea Burrows, Dr. Anant Kukreti


Guest Lecturer, Northern Kentucky University, 2008
Mentor: Dr. Hazel Barton (as part of Preparing Future Faculty Program)

Preparing Future Faculty Fellow, University of Cincinnati, 2006-2009
(Certificate Program)

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati, 2006-2007
Molecular Methods for Environmental Engineers

Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Cincinnati, 2005-2007
Chemical and Microbiological Principles of Environmental Engineering

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Lafayette College, 2003-2004
General Biology

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Lafayette College, 2003-2004
Limnology

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Lafayette College, 2002-2004
Chemistry

Students mentored