University Program in Ecology
I am an 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 ecosystem structure and function. I am currently completing my PhD, and my dissertation uses daily patterns in nitrate concentrations in rivers to infer ecological properties such as nutrient limitation. Beyond research, I am very interested in STEM education, especially at institutions of higher education, and pedagogy styles that emphasize active learning.