"I applied to the Scholars program in order to find a medium to pursue interests that would apply to my future career. I believe the program offers a wonderful opportunity to develop interdisciplinary skills in a rewarding way. Additionally the research allows for an individul to grow and learn without the pressure of needing previous experience. My goals are to develop a fundamental background in biofuel impacts that I can take to law school to pursue energy and agricultural policy development."
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Biofuel and other renewable energy impacts Energy policy and economic tradeoffs
- UF Gold Scholarship (2008)
- Monika Stokely Memorial Scholarship (Spring, 2011)
- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Upper Division Honors Program (2011)
- College of Agricultural and Life Sciences UF Mock Trial Team Gator Bhangra
- Intern at the Florida Museum of Natural History (Summer and Fall, 2010).
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, reading, photography, and nature
Projecting Biofuel Production Goals in the Face of Land Use Constraints
The dramatic rise of oil exports in recent years poses threats to the United States with regards to national security and economic stability. While national reservoirs have been tapped to offset imports, crises such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill and growing concerns for climate change have put environmental concerns to the forefront leading to the implementation of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The EISA executed the U.S. Renewable Fuels Standards mandating the production of 36 billion gallons of renewable transportation fuel per year by 2022. On June 23rd, 2010 the USDA released a Biofuels Strategic Production Report compiling a roadmap to reach this goal. It divided the United States into strategic agricultural regions for growing biomass based on environmental suitability. A promising element of the report is the incorporation of current agricultural lands as production potentials. Biofuel production will increase the agricultural pressure on the nation’s lands. Advanced biofuels provide a potential means to offset these pressures by incorporating crops that would have a neutral effect on the environment and provide higher yields on fewer hectares. The Southeast, due to its extended growing period, demonstrates the arena for these alternative crops. Recent research has developed models on a national scale to plan for this agricultural growth. However, a regional approach would be more appropriate for management purposes. The objective of this project is to model suitable biofuel lands in the Southeast United States on a county level using Marxan. Tradeoffs will be addressed by contrasting different crop types (Miscanthus, energy cane, switchgrass, etc.) into a multi-objective model to determine differences in the amount of land needed, including potential effects on biodiversity. Additionally, evaluating how the land configuration of potential agricultural lands will alter potential tradeoffs could provide practical avenues to limit land-use change impacts on biodiversity.