Limnology and Watershed Biogeochemistry
A vast amount of the Earth's freshwater is located in northern regions (especially in the boreal/taiga and tundra biomes). These areas are undergoing rapid changes in the Anthropocene due to human/industrial activities affecting the atmosphere. Greenhouse gases and nutrient and contaminant deposition have all increased exponentially since the industrial revolution. Consequently, northern regions are experiencing increasing temperatures and atmospheric deposition as well as changes in precipitation. These changes will directly affect inland waters. It remains uncertain how anthropogenic activities will change the physical, chemical and biological processes within these sensitive northern aquatic systems. Given their exposure to rapid environmental changes and the complexity of these aquatic systems, multi-disciplinary research is required to understand these changes and processes.
I am a watershed biogeochemist/limnologist currently studying regional and landscape drivers of greenhouse gas (CO2 and CH4) fluxes, and dissolved organic matter composition and processing in river basins. I am particularly interested in terrestrial-aquatic connectivity with regards to carbon and nutrient transfer and emerging patterns at the large landscape scale.