- Biological — General Community Structures — Food web ecology
- Biological — General Community Structures — Cumulative human impacts
Education / Outreach Target Audience
- Masters / PhD students
I am an ecosystem ecologist, interested in the flow of energy and the cycling of nutrients through aquatic ecosystems. In my holistic approach to studying aquatic ecosystems, I use integrative tools of ecosystem function to understand how freshwater environments respond to natural and human-mediated changes, such as the impact of management actions or seasonal shifts in the biotic community. The primary goal of my CILER post-doctoral research is to provide a quantitative assessment of the ecological value of urban stream restorations. The results from the field will be coupled with data on the economic and social costs and benefits of the restorations to prioritize locations within urban watersheds for future projects. I will conduct my research in the Milwaukee metropolitan area, collaborating with managers at local and state agencies, community groups, and scientists from institutions throughout the Great Lakes.