I am a doctoral student in the Butman Lab here at the School of Forest & Environmental Sciences. Before UW, I received my master's degree in environmental science from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and my B.A from Loyola University Chicago. I am thrilled to be at UW where my research will be supported through an Achievement Rewards for College Scientist fellowship and the Natural Capital Project.
My master's thesis research investigated anthropogenic impacts to aquatic carbon cycling along wilderness to agricultural gradients with support from the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative. My work, conducted in Wyoming's Bighorn range, addresses the shortage of direct measurements of carbon gas emissions from mountainous systems and suggests hydrology may play an important role in controlling seasonal development of biogeochemical hotspots. My approach synthesizes field studies, gas chromatography and geospatial modeling to analyze controls on aquatic gas cycling.
In my doctoral work I am excited to continue to integrate field research across larger spatial scales by applying cloud-based computing to the rapidly expanding library of environmentally-focused satellite imagery products. As a former public school teacher and Oakland Teaching Fellow, I am also committed to expanding pathways to STEM careers and building community in the sciences for underrepresented groups. I love the expansive forests, splitter granite cracks and misty rain of the Pacific Northwest. When I am not in the field or the classroom, I can be found climbing rocks, running trails and baking pies.