I am an urban ecology PhD student within the interdisciplinary Duke University River Center, co-advised by Dr. Emily Bernhardt and Dr. Martin Doyle. My research interests include the fate and transport of contaminants through urban freshwater ecosystems, and resulting impact on the system's biogeochemistry. I'm particularly interested in engaging stakeholders within the broader community to effectively design my field research and communicate results to inform water resource management decisions and policies. I began my graduate studies in fall 2019.
In my undergraduate chemistry studies, I used stable isotope geochemistry to investigate the impact of bacteria on the oceanic phosphate cycle, particularly in low-nutrient regions of the open ocean, and developed an analytical approach to identify fatty acids that potentially serve as biomarkers for ecosystem change in the labs of Dr. Albert Colman at University of Chicago and Dr. Lihini Aluwihare at Scripps Institute of Oceanography, respectively.