As an urban ecologist I explore the impact of human activities on freshwater ecosystems and how in-turn, they impact human communities. In particular, my research focuses on urban stream ecosystems and how anthropocentric stressors (chemical contaminants, heat, and hydrologic "flashiness") impact ecosystem functions like primary and secondary production and food web interactions. I'm particularly interested in engaging stakeholders within the broader community to effectively design field research and communicate results to inform water resource management decisions and policies. I began my graduate studies in fall 2019.
I am currently an urban ecology PhD candidate within the interdisciplinary Duke University River Center, co-advised by Dr. Emily Bernhardt and Dr. Martin Doyle.