I moved to Arden in July 2018 and became a member of the Forest Committee in November 2020. I am a biologist by training, but my specialty is at the molecular level, not the organismal or ecosystem level. I am still learning about the woods. I have taken advantage of many courses and other resources offered by the Delaware Cooperative Extension, Mt. Cuba Center and Penn State Extension, including online courses in Plant Identification and Forest Stewardship, webinar series on Invasive Species, Storm Water Management, Stream Repair, Assessment and Mitigation of Deer Impact on Wooded Areas, Soil Ecology and an update on Tree Pests and Diseases. I recently completed the Tree Tenders Training offered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
INTEREST AND/OR SKILLS: I am a biologist by training with experience in grantsmanship. As a member of the Forest Committee, my primary focus has been on control and removal of invasive species. I recently co-authored the grant proposal, “Deer Impact on native regeneration after invasive species removal” that was submitted to and funded by the Delaware Invasive Species Council. I also spearheaded the iNaturalist Bioblitz, which took place in Fall 2021. I plan to continue these projects and hope to help initiate a plan to rejuvenate the trails in our woods.