My main interests lie in the field of community ecology at the terrestrial-aquatic interface. In particular, I hope to understand how members of these communities interact with one another and the strength of these interactions. Right now, I’m interested in studying how inter-annual changes in aquatic insect emergences in the Colorado River affect the composition of their surrounding terrestrial communities. This question is based on the USGS’s findings that differences in river flow-mangement, such as spring floods, can strong alter aquatic emergency production which, in turn, affects rainbow trout populations.
I received my Bachelor’s in biology with specialization in ecology and conservation biology at Boston University. As an undergraduate, I participated in a variety of research topics, including bat ecology, entomology, ornithology, agroecology, aquatic ecology and species interactions. My senior thesis focused on how Northeastern bird wing length has changed over time in response to climate change. Our results suggested that, contrary to Bergman’s rule, bird wing length has increased with rising temperatures over the last 35 years. The paper is currently be revised for publication by Global Ecology and Conservation. A formative summer at the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Research Center – East, where I conducted an independent experiment assessing the effects of crayfish density on macroinvertebrate and algal abundance and diversity, convinced me that I was happiest working in and around aquatic systems.
I am very interested in scientific education and outreach. I have worked as a tutor and interpreter in the past and am participating in the GPSE program here at ASU. In addition to working in the water, I love to swim, paddleboard, and kayak. I also enjoy traveling, reading, and hiking.