My research focuses on understanding and quantifying the effects of disturbances (natural and human-induced) on biological communities and freshwater ecosystems. As a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, I am studying the effects of flow intermittence (when river flow ceases or surface water is lost) on federally endangered Coho Salmon in the Russian River basin, California. My goal with this project is to identify environmental thresholds that influence salmon survival and predict future population persistence in the study region.
PhD Ecology (2016) University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France
Thesis: “The hyporheic zone as a primary source of invertebrate community resilience in intermittent alluvial rivers: evidence from field and mesocosm experiments”
M.S. Biological Sciences (2010) South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.
Thesis: “Hydroperiod, physiochemistry and seasonal change of macroinvertebrate communities in intermittent prairie streams”
B.S. Environmental Management (2006) South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.
Independent research project: “Development of an optimal bioassessment index for prairie lakes in northeastern South Dakota”