I study how patterns of water redistribution on the landscape influence the vegetation and nutrient cycling that subsequently prevail. I am interested in scaling this understanding to contribute to research programs that navigate local and regional issues. Higher spatial and temporal resolution remote sensing products are continually being developed, and provide data for locations that have previously been data-limited. Utilizing these data sources, and the principles of landscape ecology and hydrology provide a path towards science based tools that can contribute to sustainable resource management.
Environmental education is a critical to ensure the relevancy and impact of academic research. I am excited to continue to be involved in science education through mentoring, teaching, and outreach opportunities. In 2014 we were awarded a Let's Talk About Water grant from CUASHI to host a film screening of DamNation to Duke University, and the greater triangle area community. In addition to the screening we had a panel discussion on the ecological, economic and social implications of dams and their removal, and how a documentary of this type can be used to inspire and promote more education and innovation on this subject. Last spring I was the TA in the North American Environmental History course through a Bass Teaching Fellowship, and was excited for another unique teaching opportunity, particularly in a classroom outside of the STEM fields.
As noted in my Student and Early Career Scientist Profile on the AGU tumbler page, I am an avid river runner, and general outdoor enthusiast. When I'm not at my desk I'm likely to be found outdoors adventuring!