I am an aquatic biologist that specializes in freshwater mollusks for the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) in the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. My primary work in the Urban Biotic Assessment Program involves conducting biological assessments of rare and threatened freshwater mollusks in areas slated for construction activities within Tollway corridors in northern Illinois.

I have the privilege of pursing other research projects with native and non-native mollusks as time and funding allows. We have a fantastic INHS Mollusk Collection and range of data from Illinois and globally.

Originally a Hoosier, I completed my undergrad in Biology at Hanover College in southern IN and a masters in Environmental Science at Taylor University in north central IN.