I earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 1996. I then taught chemistry laboratory for five years at Chattanooga State Technical Community College. While working at Chattanooga State, I pursued an M.S. in Environmental Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). I completed my M.S. degree in 2003. My project, a mixture of law and policy and toxicology, focused on Chattanooga Creek and on the contamination of surrounding residential areas. In 2004, I joined the UTC Department of Biology, Geology and Environmental Sciences as a faculty member. I went on to pursue and complete (in 2013) a Doctorate of Education in Learning and Leadership. My dissertation research revolved around reptiles and amphibians, and investigated the impact of transformational leadership, experiential learning, and reflective journaling on the conservation ethic of non-science majors. My interests include conservation, herpetology, environmental ethics, environmental education, environmental leadership, and transformational leadership.
Currently, I teach Conservation of Biodiversity (Bio/ESC 1100), Introduction to Environmental Science I Lecture and Lab (ESC 1500), and Introduction to Environmental Science II Lecture and Lab (ESC 1510). I also co-teach Tropical Ecology (ESC/Bio 4999) with Dr. David Aborn.