University Program in Ecology
I am an aquatic ecosystem ecologist interested in the ways that time patterns in the physical environment (e.g. seasons, days, tides, lunar cycles, etc.) impact ecosystem processing of nutrients. My research has used both experimentation and big ecological data to investigate how these physical patterns in time affect biogeochemical processing and create temporal patterns in aquatic ecosystem structure and function. I am also a teacher, enjoying engaging students of all ages in environmental education in both formal (e.g. classroom) and informal (e.g. museum) formats. My teaching style emphasizes student active learning using data, images, and physical interaction with the outdoors when appropriate. When out of the office, I can often be found hiking, taking dance classes, or gardening.