Research Interests

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My research interests are grounded in phytoplankton ecology and water quality in marine and freshwater ecosystems. I am also intensely interested in the development and application of new tools to study and model aquatic ecosystems over time and space. 

I am thrilled to be joining the faculty in the Department of Biology at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in January 2015! Please check out my faculty page here and let me know if you are interested in pursuing graduate research in my lab.

My interests in water quality and the intersection of science, management, and policy led me to pursue a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship for the 2013-2014 year. For the past year+ I have worked alongside the fantastic people in the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development Innovation Team in Washington, DC, as we pursue new ways to protect and improve the environment. I am finishing up this wonderful experience at the end of 2014 but will be continue working on the project I am helping to launch: the Nutrient Sensor Challenge, a two-year competition to accelerate the development, adoption, and use of affordable, reliable, and accurate nutrient sensors in water. 

I completed my PhD at the University of Southern California in 2011 in the laboratory of David Caron studying algal bloom dynamics and the effects of hypoxia on coastal phytoplankton populations. I was involved with the Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS) throughout my graduate career, which allowed me to explore technologies for embedded, autonomous sensing and novel technologies for aquatic research. 

I was awarded a competitive Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia University to investigate the effects of rising CO2 on protistan grazing of harmful species of phytoplankton. I am also part of a collaborative team headed by Joaquim Goes at LDEO using field-based research to investigate climate-driven variability in phytoplankton community composition in the eastern Bering Sea. In collaboration with Andy Juhl at LDEO I also pursued research on high temporal and spatial variability of water quality in the Hudson River. 

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