Emily graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 2021 with a B.S. in biology. While at Franklin & Marshall, Emily studied the impacts of climate change in the cloud forest of Monteverde, Costa Rica under the guidance of Dr. Sybil Gotsch. The study optimized a new optical method to examine the vulnerability of vascular epiphytes to drought.
After graduating, Emily served an AmeriCorps term with the American Conservation Experience based in Hurricane, Utah. The work involved invasive species management, restoration projects, and trail maintenance.
Emily joined the Ecohydrology lab in 2021 as an M.S. student with an interest in studying the impacts of climate change on tropical cloud forest ecosystems. Emily’s research at UNH will focus on the effects of drought on epiphytes by using a fog reduction experiment in the cloud forest of Wayqecha, Peru. The project will examine the potential of vascular epiphytes, including species of bromeliads, ferns, and orchids, to acclimate to reduced fog through plasticity in morphological and physiological traits. The aim of this research is to provide insight to future epiphyte community composition and cloud forest structure in a changing climate.