Advisor: Dr. Matthew Kasson
My name is Angie, and I grew up in Naples, Florida, and Rock Hill, South Carolina. I attended high school at a boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina, where I discovered botany and forestry, and my passion for science. Next I earned my B.S. in Plant Science at Cornell University, where I found even more passion for plants, fungi, and insects. Integrating all these interests into a single graduate program seemed impossible, until I met Dr. Matt Kasson while he visited the Cornell Plant Pathology Herbarium. I applied to West Virginia University for my Master's, and will stay here for my Ph.D. My research here is exploring the diversity and ecology of fungi associated with the fungivorous millipede, Brachycybe lecontii. My long-term goal is to be a professor in a school like West Virginia University, where I can conduct basic research in ecology and plant pathology, teach, and be a mentor to my own students. I also strive to learn to be a good science communicator, so that I can educate the public about the world around them, and help to dispel fears of arthropods like spiders, millipedes, and insects.