Above: Cascada San Rafael, near one of my study sites in Ecuador. It is the tallest waterfall in Ecuador and currently threatened by the development of a run of river hydroelectric project upstream.
I am an avid aquatic ecologist whose research interests lie between basic and applied ecology. My research as a Ph.D. candidate in Alex Flecker's lab was informed by past work as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College in Brad Taylor's lab and as a technician for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. When I'm not in the field, lab, classroom or office, I am a devoted trail runner and mountain biker and channel my competitive energy into racing. I recently started a position as an assistant professor of environmental science at Alaska Pacific University.
I am fascinated by the complex effects of ecological disturbance. Specifically, I am interested in how disturbance history shapes communities and which traits confer resilience in dynamic systems. I study these questions using both experimental and observational techniques along elevation gradients in montane regions around the globe.
Please see my Research and CV pages for more information about my current work and past experiences.
Teaching & Outreach
I am passionate about outreach and teaching and believe that sharing knowledge is as important as making new discoveries. Check out the Freshwater Science podcast that I co-host and see my Outreach & Service page for more information.
Contact Information & Other Links
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Disclaimer: All photos are mine unless otherwise attributed. Please note that this is my personal academic website and I do not speak for my university, my department, my funders, or my colleagues.