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 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 primary production. I completed my PhD in 2017 as a member of the Heffernan Lab in Duke University's River Center. My dissertation research focused on dissolved organic matter (DOM): changes in its timing, composition, and amount and its fate and transport through/in the urban stream continuum.
More broadly, my approach to science is based 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 (including bioassays, high frequency sensors, optical DOM measurements, data synthesis, and others), multiple hypothesis testing, and conceptual thinking about ecosystem science.