Graduate Program: Ph.D. Candidate
I am studying the effects of the herbicide glyphosate on non-target vegetation in
the laboratory of Dr. Reza Pezeshki. Glyphosate is applied to agricultural fields
before and throughout the growing season. During rain events, this water-soluble compound
infiltrates into the soil and moves laterally in the soil solution toward edge-of-field
drainage ditches. In this way, the root-zone of non-target vegetation may be exposed
to glyphosate. This exposure pathway is largely unstudied, particularly at environmentally
relevant concentrations. In greenhouse and laboratory experiments, I am investigating
the effects of root-zone glyphosate exposure on the growth and physiology of select
agricultural ditch plants.
When I get out of the lab, I enjoy traveling, seeing live music, hiking, reading,
writing, and drawing.