I am an Architecture & Design Research Ph.D. Candidate in the Landscape Architecture Program at Virginia Tech. I study managed retreat, which is the intentional relocation of people and assets away from hazards. Specifically, I study how sea level rise and tidal flooding are impacting Virginia’s Hampton Roads Planning District by researching how marginalized communities understand flood resilience, ecosystem services, and blue-green coastal infrastructure.
For 2020-21, I am a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) for GRAD 5114 Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts (Contemporary Pedagogy), part of the Graduate School Dean’s Transformative Graduate Education Initiative. I am also a Fellow and current co-manager of VTGrATE, the Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence and a Fellow in the Leadership and Social Change Residential College.
I have been a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant since Fall 2016. My appointments have varied: from 2019-2021, I have had the privilege to work as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for a collaborative project with scholars from the University of Virginia for the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service to research African American Recreation pre-Civil Rights to nominate two exemplary sites for National Landmark Status. In 2018-2019 I was the GTA for Contemporary Pedagogy. In 2017-18, I served as the GRA/GTA for the Chattahoochee National Water Trail Conceptual Plan Project in Atlanta, GA and have worked for the VT LAR Program on communications and as part of the team that planned the 2018 CELA (Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture) conference held in Blacksburg, VA.
I am currently serving as the Past-Chair of the Departmental Advisory Board for the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. Prior to acceptance at Virginia Tech, I held a sales position at Green Oak Garden Center LLC in Jackson, MS, where I practiced landscape and interiorscape design.
I live in Christiansburg, VA with my two daughters, Lilah (4) and Zoe (1) and our cats Blanket and Tapper, and a fish named Big Buddy. We enjoy baking, gardening, and creating art together. Not the pets, just us girls.
Ph.D. Candidate, Current. Architecture and Design Research, Landscape Architecture Program, Virginia Tech.
MLA, 2015. Landscape Architecture, Mississippi State University.
BFA, 2009. Fine Art (Sculpture Emphasis), Mississippi State University.