". . . the world is mud-luscious . . . [and] puddle wonderful" –ee cummings
I am a postdoctoral research associate with Vermont EPSCoR's Basin Resilience to Extreme Events (BREE) project at the University of Vermont. My research broadly focuses on aquatic environments and the coupled movement of water and elements (e.g., nutrients and metals) within water bodies and through landscapes. I currently study how carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, and trace metals are transported from terrestrial ecosystems to headwater streams and from rivers to lakes. For my PhD, I studied (mucky) sediment-water interactions in shallow water bodies (i.e., small lakes, ponds, wetlands, and streams) with Steve Hamilton at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station.
News & updates:
- Our VT EPSCoR BREE ecology team is busy sampling snowmelt and rain-on-snow events in the Lake Champlain Basin.
- Back into the classroom with aquatic macroinvertebrates! This time the outreach team from VT EPSCoR CWDD and I visited 6th graders at Hunt Middle School here in Burlington.
- Kicking the year off with a science communication workshop facilitated by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science!
- I spent 2 days at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's Plasma Mass Spectrometry Facility analyzing stream and groundwater samples for trace metals on their ICP-MS. New skills! Thankful for the kindness and patience of the ICP-MS master, Gretchen Swarr.
- I participated in my first Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) Meeting hosted by VT EPSCoR. These biannual meetings offer a space for policy makers, decision makers, researchers, federal agency representatives, town and local officials from around the state and region to convene and take an active role in interactive sessions surrounding the Lake Champlain Basin.
- Winter is coming. Time to pull our in-stream (s::can) sensors from our forested (Wade Brook), agricultural (Hungerford Brook), and urban (Potash Brook) sites. Sure wish we could find a way to keep these in all winter!
- Participated in the first WikiProject: Limnology and Oceanography edit-a-thon on Cyber Monday! The effort was spearheaded by USGS post-doc, Jake Zwart, in collaboration with a great team of recent EcoDAS XIII alum. Our mission statement:
- As a working group of aquatic scientists, we aim to improve the quality and quantity of publicly available information on Wikipedia. Our goal is to encourage scholars to bring disciplinary expertise to the public sphere in an open-source and accessible manner.
- Check out our WikiProject page and follow along on Twitter!
- I was privileged to participate in ASLO's 8th Ecological Dissertations in the Aquatic Sciences (Eco-DAS) symposium in Honolulu, HI. Spent a week collaborating with 39 other early-career aquatic scientists from freshwater and marine sciences. A truly transformative experience.
- Participated in my first K-12 outreach with VT EPSCoR CWDD at Flynn Elementary School. Brought aquatic macroinvertebrates to the classroom. Nice opportunity to get back into K-12 STEM outreach again!
- I'm officially a post-doc! Spent the first weeks of June visiting our headwater stream monitoring sites and getting out on Lake Champlain to check out our buoys in Missisquoi and St. Albans Bays. The VT EPSCoR team has quite the network of water and environmental sensors! Can't wait to work some of these data very soon!
- I successfully defended my dissertation! Officially the floc doc! Many thanks to my advisor, Steve Hamilton, my committee, and everyone at KBS for all of the support along the way. So lucky to have spent the last several years mucking around in some of the most beautiful and often overlooked water bodies in southwestern Michigan.