Alice Carter

I am a river scientist, interested in how a river’s form determines its biogeochemical functions. I study how local controls interact with watershed scale hydrologic and geomorphic constraints to determine the nature and magnitude of carbon and energy cycling. My current research focuses on understanding how globally changing hydrologic cycles, human modification of watersheds, and nutrient pollution interact to cause low oxygen zones, or hypoxia, in rivers and examining what the consequences are for freshwater ecosystems. My research is highly mechanistic and relies on a combination of biogeochemical and geomorphic field observations, thermodynamic based models of metabolic pathways, and spatially linked models of river networks. 

I am a postdoctoral researcher working with Dr. Bob Hall at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station. I am currently studying river energetics at the continental scale using process guided machine learning, Bayesian statistical models, and sparse modeling approaches. 

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