Broadly, I am interested in how human activities are affecting the way that energy and nutrients cycle through ecosystems. My research aims to better characterize how reservoirs can affect the transport and transformation of carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and other biologically relevant elements. My research also explores the potential role of management in affecting ecosystem function. Identifying reservoir management win-wins as well as trade-offs is critical as the quantity and quality of water becomes increasingly variable under a changing climate.
Currently, I am a post doctoral research ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center with Charles Yackulic. I am working on a project to understand how conditions in Lake Powell (and the associated management of Glen Canyon Dam) are affecting ecosystem metabolism in the Colorado River in collaboration with the University of Wyoming (Robert Hall). In the spring of 2016 I received my PhD from the School of the Environment at Washington State University where I studied reservoir nitrogen removal and greenhouse gas production in the Global Change and Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab with John Harrison. My dissertation included interdisciplinary training through an NSPIRE IGERT fellowship, as well as collaboration with Stephen Henderson and the Environmental Hydrodynamics Lab. My passion for ecosystem ecology began at Vassar College, where I worked with Catherine O’Reilly to understand the effects of deforestation on tributary streams to Lake Tanganyika, East Africa.
When I am not doing science I enjoy hiking, photography, yin yoga, time with my cat, and a coffee or beer with friends.