Bioinformatics in the Yeoman Lab at MSU. Photo Credit: Tom Rayner, Tenure Chasers.

I am a microbial ecologist currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Menalled Lab at Montana State University, Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences.  My current work focuses on the bioinformatics analysis of soil microbial ecosystems.  Previously, I was a post-doc in the   Yeoman Lab in the  Department of Animal and Range Sciences working on the bioinformatic analysis of soil, water, and host-associated microbes.

Moose rumen bacteria
Bacillus licheniformis isolated from the rumen of a North American moose in Vermont. Photo Credit: Sue Ishaq.



I received my Doctorate in Animal, Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Vermont, Dept. of Animal Science.  My graduate study focused on the rumen microbiology of the moose (Alces alces), including identification using high throughput sequencing and DNA analysis, isolation of bacteria using anaerobic culturing techniques, and investigation/application of economically and environmentally important species.

My philosophy is that researchers have an obligation to share and disseminate the results of their work, and to engage both the general public and the specific groups that may benefit from those findings.  As such, this site will strive to create a connection between myself and, well, you!  Microbiology is for sharing! And so is molecular genetics, and bioinformatics, and astrophysics…


I grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts with my parents and two brothers. In the Fall of 2003, I began my undergraduate degree in Animal Science (general) at the University of Vermont. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, hiking, skiing, and generally being outdoors.

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