I am an aquatic community and ecosystem ecologist. I work in both temperate and tropical freshwater systems. I earned a BS in biology and political science from Hope College, a MS in environmental science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, and a PhD from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University in the laboratory of Alex Flecker. I conducted my dissertation research on the community and ecosystem-level effects of armored catfish invasion in the Usumacinta River in southern Mexico. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship through the Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the University of Maine in the laboratories of Aram Calhoun and Mac Hunter. I also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras and a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in Mexico.
I hold a joint position through the Odum School of Ecology and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory at the University of Georgia (UGA). At UGA, I am an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the River Basin Center, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute.