". . . the world is mud-luscious . . . [and] puddle wonderful" –ee cummings
I am a PhD candidate in the Hamilton Lab at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station. The overarching objective of my research is to improve our understanding of how small water bodies (think: small lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams) influence the quality of water in downstream ecosystems and contribute to global biogeochemical cycles, like carbon and nitrogen. My dissertation research focuses on how water moves in shallow aquatic ecosystems and how these movements affect (1) how these systems store and transform organic matter and (2) how nutrients, like nitrogen and phosphorus, are cycled.
Currently, I study how overlying water and emerging ground water interact with mucky sediments that we commonly encounter in shallow lakes, wetlands, and small impoundments. When and where does water move in these sediments? How do these interactions affect decomposition and nutrient release in mud? And how does this affect carbon storage and water quality?
“Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from little things . . . I am tempted to think there are no little things” –Bruce Fairchild Barton, American publicist, politician, and author