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'm currently a postdoctoral scientist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, working to synthesize the rich 20 yr data sets collected by the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, in order to further our social-ecological understanding of urban streams and landscapes. I also continue to work in collaboration with the Climate Impacts Research Centre at Umeå University to understand the impacts of environmental change on aquatic ecosystems in the Boreal and Arctic. I completed my PhD in 2017 in the Heffernan Lab at Duke University, where my research focused on dissolved organic matter (DOM): changes in its timing, composition, and amount and its fate and transport through the urban stream continuum.
More broadly, my approach to science is based using creativity to ask, develop, and answer interesting questions about how ecosystems work. I love collaborative research; I bring to the table a combination of experimental and observational approaches (including bioassays, high frequency sensors, optical DOM measurements, data synthesis, and others), multiple hypothesis testing, and conceptual development for ecosystem science.