I am a mycologist interested in fungal systematics, evolution, ecology, and biogeography. I received my B.S. in Biochemistry from Western Colorado University in Gunnison, CO where I studied population genetics of the root pathogen Armillaria and water chemistry of the Mt. Emmons Iron Fen. I attended San Francisco State University to complete an MS under Dr. Dennis Desjardin where we studied the fungi of SE Asia. My master's thesis investigated the evolution of the saprotrophic genus Basidiomycete genus Tetrapyrgos. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Washington School of Environment and Forest Sciences in Seattle, WA. I studied the evolution of stalked puffball genus Tulostoma for my dissertation, including the ecology, biogeography, and an ancestral state reconstruction of the spore morphology. I am currently working with several mycological groups in Colorado documenting the fungal biodiversity and the ecology of fungi from the Rocky Mountains.