My research focuses on understanding and quantifying the effects of hydrologic 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.
Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of freshwater ecosystems including lakes, wetlands, streams and rivers and studied macroinvertebrates, fish, amphibians, plants within these systems. In December 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in Lyon, France. My Ph.D. advisor was Thibault Datry at the French National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA). Before my Ph.D., I earned my Master’s in Biological Sciences and Bachelor’s in Environmental Management from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota. I also have 2 years of professional experience working with the North Carolina Division of Water Quality in Raleigh, North Carolina following my Master’s degree. Following my Ph.D., I worked for ~2 years as a postdoc at Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia.