As an undergraduate student in the Odum School of Ecology, Reed 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, she 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. Reed also interned in the Athens-Clarke County’s Stormwater Management office to pursue interests in challenges associated with aging wastewater infrastructure. Reed is now working as an educator.
Nate's graduate research at the University of Georgia focused on interactions between dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and trace metals. He conducted experiments and modelling exercises to elucidate the importance of these interactions on trophic ecology and on the condition of streams and rivers in the US. His work examined how differences in the composition of DOC associated with different land uses alters the fate and bioavailability of metals. Nate graduated with an MS in Ecology in the spring of 2017.