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Hello, I’m Emily! My approach to science is one of practical problem solving. I find that the most useful solutions, either at the bench or within broader impacts of research, result from asking the right question. Determining that question is a function of timing and preparation, but most of all, challenging and fun.

I graduated from Auburn University with an BS in Microbiology and Chaminade University of Honolulu with an MS in Forensic Science where I focused on the forensic role microbes could play in determining how long an individual has been deceased. I am now pursuing a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma where I focus on bacterial interactions and habitat structure. My emphasis is on how spatial structure in microbial communities influences community assembly and secondary metabolisms. I am particularly interested in communities of the gut microbiome and Early Earth analogs, like stromatolites. When not in the lab, I can be found in the woods training for ultramarathons.