Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Ecology, Evolution & Behavior)
  • B.A. St. Catherine University (Biology)

Background

I am an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist. I study urban and agricultural landscapes with an emphasis on aquatic systems, like lakes and streams. As an undergraduate, I thought I wanted to be a medical doctor but I quickly became fascinated by the biology occurring outside of the human body. My expertise includes eutrophication of water bodies, future land use change and expansion of urban areas and our emerging understanding of cities as ecosystems.

My dissertation focused on nutrient limitation of algae in lakes in Minnesota, but I also work on projects at national and global scales. I am currently collaborating on a project connecting global change with human health. I am passionate about the elements and how they cycle through the biosphere — have you ever considered that you could be composed of a carbon atom that was part of a dinosaur millions of years ago!?