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Conservation and ecology of aquatic systems
I am interested in the dynamics of coastal ecosystems--how do systems function, and how human activities impact that function. I work primarily in stream and lake systems. Although my focus is generally on food webs, I draw from multiple perspectives, applying theories and approaches from evolutionary, ecosystem, food-web, and community ecology viewpoints.
My current research seeks to understand how species interactions and disturbances drive ecosystem processes, community dynamics, and evolution in freshwaters. I am interested in questions such as: What are the consequences of species additions or extinctions? How are human activities altering disturbance regimes? What are the causes and ecological consequences of population dynamics of Pacific salmon, an ecologically and culturally important group of species?
I aim to do research that has conservation and management implications. I believe that a deep understanding of the ecological consequences of human activities is needed to properly weigh management trade-offs. I supplement experiments and comparative studies in field settings with modeling and stable isotope techniques.
- B.A., Carleton College
- Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
- NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle