I am an ecosystem ecologist interested in understanding human-influenced aquatic ecosystems. To do this, I call on techniques and ideas from ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrology. Increasingly, I try to think about conceptual models that include feedbacks with social systems.
I completed my PhD as a member of the Heffernan Lab in Duke University's River Center. My dissertation research focused on the dissolved organic matter (DOM): changes in its timing, composition, and amount and its fate and transport through/in the urban stream continuum. Currently, I'm a postdoctoral researcher affiliated with Umeå University's Ecology and Environmental Sciences Department and the Climate Impacts Research Centre, where my work asks how differences in the terrestrial DOM concentrations among lakes affects nitrogen cycling and limitation of primary producers.
More broadly, my approach to science is based on using creativity to ask, develop, and answer interesting questions about how aquatic ecosystems work. I love collaborating with other researchers; I bring to the table a combination of experimental and observational approaches, multiple hypothesis testing, and conceptual/theoretical thinking.