Degree sought: Ph.D. in Soil Science
Advisor: Dr. James Harsh
I come from a small farming community nested in the “hill country” region of central Texas, but completed my undergraduate education in Reno, NV. At the University of Nevada, I graduated with a B.S. in environmental science, and focused on soil science, environmental chemistry, biofuels synthesis/production, environmental policy and regulations, and community outreach. After working with indigenous groups impacted by environmental degradation through large-scale mining, in both Nevada and western Africa, I ultimately decided soil science and resource conservation were the logical foundations to center my studies on for my Ph.D.As part of the Low Impact Development research program at WSU, my research will focus on the use of iron-gluconate amended compost and its ability to mitigate the impacts of agricultural land runoff through the adsorption of xenobiotics, excess nutrients, and arsenic, with the main focus being the speciation, fate, and transport of arsenic.
Education Background: B.S. (Environmental Sciences) – University of Nevada, Minor: Analytical Chemistry