Emory & Henry College (Emory, VA)
- Bachelor of Arts (2008) Biology (major), Spanish (minor)
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC)
- Master of Public Health (2010) Analysis & Management (concentration)
I'm primarily interested in water quality problems related to surface mining and agriculture. Also of interest to me are questions pertaining to the effects of the built environment on human health.
I grew up surrounded first by coalfields (Wise, VA) and then by farmland (Glade Spring, VA). After college and graduate school part 1, I lived/worked in Greenville, NC until I relocated to Johnson City.
Before I settled on environmental health, I worked in several different areas of public health. I chose this field largely because my research interests "make sense" within the context of environmental health. I'm excited about the opportunity to translate and apply findings from environmental science inquiries into applications that promote the health of humans and ecosystems.
I chose ETSU because of the diversity of research options and the opportunity to develop college-level teaching skills. East Tennessee is a fascinating place to study natural systems and I'm thrilled to live and study here!
In my spare time I enjoy hiking with my dog, cooking (mostly edible) food, learning to take great pictures, and exploring new music.
After decades of practice, I still cannot snap my fingers.