A Griffin native who is passionate about making scientific research accessible, Emilee is a PhD student on the Athens Campus of the University of Georgia in the Department of Entomology, where she researches emerging forest health pests and tree decline in the southeastern US. Before pursuing graduate work, she completed her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Resource Science at the UGA Griffin Campus in 2017. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Emilee worked with researchers in the fields of horticulture and entomology to gain experience for her career. As a graduate student, she now maintains multiple research projects and teaches undergraduate lab courses while pursuing her PhD degree. In her free time, Emilee enjoys gardening, hiking with her basset hound Freckles, and wandering through thrift stores.