I am a third year PhD student in the Lamberti Lab. I arrived at Notre Dame the summer of 2010, from Oklahoma State University, where I completed a MS in Fisheries Ecology and Management. While my research interests are diverse, they primarily involve the conservation and restoration of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem function. Currently, I am involved with the Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative studying the impacts of land use and water quality on biodiversity in agricultural streams.
The goal of this project is to determine if novel management strategies that reduce nutrient and sediment export also enhance stream biodiversity.
In addition to my work in agricultural streams, I am working with the U.S. Forest Service to investigate movement of fishes in the Huron-Manistee National Forest following road culvert removal. In this project,
we have implanted stream fish with small electronic tags that enable us to describe when fish are moving above, below, and through road crossings. The goal of this project is to determine the effectiveness of alternative road crossings (bridges) at improving stream connectivity for both sport and non-sport fish species.
Ultimately, I would like to see the knowledge gained in my research applied not only to the future conservation and management of aquatic ecosystems, but toward the successful structural and functional restoration of degraded aquatic systems.