Andy on a cruise in the Gulf

I am blessed to have two grandfathers who have taught me how to embrace life. Living on a beautiful lake, one grandfather taught me that life is like fishing - the more lines you have in the water, the more adventures you will enjoy. My other grandfather, a professor of biology, taught me at a young age to appreciate life in its ever-changing form. Just as fish change and grow from a tiny egg to an alevin, and then from fry to adult, humans have the capacity to greatly expand their minds through their life experiences. Not everyone takes full advantage of life’s opportunities, but my professor-grandfather instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for all aspects of existence and a thirst for understanding how all of life’s components are intertwined. His teaching sparked my fascination in science, and my interest has continued to grow through my undergraduate career at James Madison University and into my graduate studies at UGA. 

At UGA, I work with Dr. Mandy Joye as a biogeochemist, with an emphasis on microbiology. My primary research focus is understanding which microorganisms play a role in carbon cycling, and the factors that control them. Specifically, I am interested in the cycling of C-1 compounds (i.e. methane, methanol, etc.) and understanding the relationship between heterotrophic and autotrophic processes. My research goals include how oil, from natural and anthropogenic sources, affects the biology and chemistry of the ocean. I believe it is vital that we understand the science of disasters in our oceans, because of the implications with climate change, food sources, and the economy.  

I love to be outside, and to spend time with friends. I’ve dabbled in wood working, and I like playing soccer. As soon as I have more time and $$ I’d love to travel the world for a little while.