I came to CSU from DC, where I spent time working in policy and the government. I received my M.S. in Soil Science from Penn State in 2007 (thesis: Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems). I started at CSU in 2009 with a NSF IGERT fellowship to study biofuels. I am interested in examining ecosystem processes for solutions to industrial breakdown of lingo-cellulosic feedstocks, specifically enzymatic degradation of switchgrass in natural systems. I recently switched to GDPE from horticulture to work with Matt Wallenstein and focus on ecology.