Alison Appling, PhD

I am a data scientist and ecologist interested in how natural processes and human activities jointly influence our environment. Specifically, I study how these processes interact to generate nutrient patterns across space and time, because such patterns can help us understand ecosystems better and are often directly relevant to human well-being. I specialize in aquatic systems, including streams, lakes, wetlands, and floodplains, and in the consequences of environmental change for water quality in these systems. I am skilled in field and laboratory studies, project management, simulation modeling, statistical analysis, and synthesis of published and unpublished data to answer new questions.

Postdoctoral Associate, June 2013 - present:
I'm currently researching long-term trends in water quality in lakes and rivers of the northeastern US with Bill McDowell of the University of New Hampshire. (read more)

Postdoctoral Associate, May 2012 - May 2013:
I researched the kinetics of nutrient uptake in river ecosystems with Jim Heffernan of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. (read more)

PhD, Duke University, May 2012:
Duke University Program in Ecology


Office: (919) 964-0196
Cell: (919) 475-0196

University of New Hampshire
181 James Hall
Durham, NH 03824