I am an ecosystem ecologist and aquatic biogeochemist who studies the transformation and movement of matter and energy in watersheds. My research program investigates how global and regional scale stressors affect lakes and is built around two key questions: How do multi-scaled stressors alter the structure and function of lakes? And what factors mediate lake responses to environmental change?
My research program splits into two complementary themes: aquatic biogeochemistry in mountain ecosystems and data-intensive landscape limnology using both predictive and process-based models. I'm particularly interested in the ways that hydrology and landscape setting influence heterogenous patterns in lake chemistry and ecosystem metabolism.
My career path:
Between Fall 2019 and Spring 2021, I worked with Dr. Chris Solomon at the Cary Institute for Ecosystems Studies. With his research group, we investigated the drivers of inter-annual variability in lake metabolism and show how hydrologic setting influences how lakes respond to changes in precipitation from year to year (learn more here!). We are also wrapping up a project where we calibrated a process model that predicts lake productivity from a few easily measured variables in lakes.
Presently, I am a postdoctoral researcher with Dr. Sarah Collins at the University of Wyoming where I was as part of a team of scientists in the Modelscape consortium. I'm currently working on understanding patterns about lake water quality across the western U.S. and investigating how lakes are responding to disturbances in their watersheds, notably wildfire.
In August 2023 I will be starting at an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Dept. with a joint appointment at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. We are currently hiring a mountain limnology research assistant! Learn more about the position here. Job closes on May 5th.