In April 2013, I completed my Ph.D at UC Berkeley in the Environmental Science, Policy, and Management department in Dennis Baldocchi's biometeorology lab.
Starting July 2013, I will be a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Mike Dietze's Ecological Forecasting Lab in the Earth & Environment Department at Boston University. In July 2014, I'll start as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College.
New beginnings at BU & Dartmouth
My plans for the near future have been confirmed - I'm excited to accept a postdoctoral research position in Prof. Mike Dietze's Ecological Forecasting Lab at Boston University for 2013-2014. I'll be working on PalEON, a NSF Macrosystems project that brings together paleoecologists, statisticians, and climate modelers to use paleoecological data to better understand historic interactions between ecosystems and climate. Then in July 2014, I am thrilled to start as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College in the Department of Geography, teaching and researching topics related to global environmental change.
This month I was also overjoyed to marry Dr. Erich Hatala Matthes, a talented philosopher who graduated from Berkeley with me this semester and will begin a job as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wellesley College this summer. We're looking forward to starting our next steps together back on the East Coast!
This week I delivered my Ph.D. finishing talk at the ESPM Departmental Colloquium, where I was honored to be the first receipient of the Distinguished Student Lecture Award in ESPM. I also filed my dissertation, so I have officially completed the Ph.D. program! I am grateful for the excellent mentorship I have had during my time at Berkeley, and I particularly thank Dennis Baldocchi for his guidance and support during my graduate studies. Leaving Berkeley is bittersweet, but I look forward to moving on to the next stage of my career!
It was a busy October, as I attended two conferences. The first trip was to attend the NSF Research Coordination Network FORECAST (Forecasts Of Resource and Environmental Changes: Data Assimilation Science and Technology) conference in Woods Hole, MA. It was a great trip and I learned a lot about using data assimilation techniques in ecology and environmental science. I hope to use data assimilation in my future work to better understand environmental drivers of CH4 flux to the atmosphere. At this conference I presented a poster on the last chapter of my dissertation research, where I combine data from mobile and permanent eddy covariance towers along with a 2-D flux footprint model and satellite imagery to understand variability in wetland CO2 and CH4 fluxes.
It was a rather cloudy and overcast trip to Woods Hole. All the better for learning about data assimilation indoors!
The second meeting was the 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in Sacramento, CA, a gathering of many Delta researchers working on everything from fish genetics to land-use economics. At this conference I gave a talk outlining the primary differences in the CO2 and CH4 budgets at three of the Baldocchi Lab Bay Delta field sites: a drained pasture, a rice paddy, and a restored wetland. The group at this conference had particular interests in using land-use change for ecosystem carbon sequestration, so it was a great opportunity to communicate how effective these strategies might be based on the many years of data we've collected in the Biomet Lab.
And now it's time to get ready for the AGU conference. I'll be giving a talk on Thursday at 1:55pm in the session B43J: Biosphere-Atmosphere Greenhouse Gas Fluxes in Terrestrial Ecosystems III titled, "Incorporating spatial heterogeneity into the measurement of methane and carbon dioxide fluxes from a restored wetland." Hope to see many of you at the meeting!