My interest in urban stream ecology began during a Tropical Ecology Program through Boston University in the Amazon region of Ecuador. There, I conducted observational studies in macroinvertebrate ecology and succession, and completed plant surveys. Then, as an undergraduate student in the Odum School of Ecology, I worked as a lab technician in Dr. Capps’ lab and primarily assisted one of her graduate students with experimental work examining metal pollution and nutrient cycling in streams. In the fall of 2016, I had the opportunity to continue working in the Capps Lab, conducting independent research examining the effects of resource stoichiometry on larval mosquito survival and development in conjunction with researchers in the Department of Entomology. Currently, I am an intern in Athens-Clarke County’s Stormwater Management office, interested in challenges associated with aging wastewater infrastructure.
My graduate research in urban stream ecology will examine ecological questions within a coupled natural and human systems framework. I am excited to collaborate with current efforts in the Trail Creek Watershed and its surrounding communities.