Research Associate Professor, Environmental Conservation
OEB research area(s)
Ph.D, The University of Georgia, 2004
M.S., The University of Georgia, 2000
B.S, Allegheny College, 1998
Research interests - short
Freshwater ecology, fish and macroinvertebrates, urban ecology, conservation
My research broadly revolves around characterizing anthropogenic impacts on aquatic ecosystems and identifying conservation strategies for effectively protecting and restoring watersheds. The growing human population continues to constrain biotic assemblages in a variety of ways, and understanding the mechanisms by which urbanization and its associated stressors result in degraded fish assemblages is an overarching challenge of my research program. I am interested in examining effects of altered hydrology, temperature, habitat, water quality, and food resources on stream fishes; quantifying sublethal (e.g., behavior, physiology) responses of fishes to urbanization; and assessing potential for management (e.g., forested riparian buffers, green infrastructure, dam removal) to restore fish assemblages.