I am broadly interested in nutrient pathways in lakes and the feedbacks that occur between aquatic biogeochemical cycles and plankton communities. I also am interested in how local communities value and interact with their water resources, which has implications for water quality. My work lies at the intersection of freshwater community and ecosystem ecology and I get excited about lots of different questions exploring anthropogenic effects on inland waters. Check out our Publications page to explore our most recent work or my Google Scholar profile.
At Virginia Tech, my research has expanded into reservoir ecosystem ecology. In collaboration with the Western Virginia Water Authority, my lab group is exploring the effects of management on reservoirs that are highly dynamic and used for drinking water. I am particularly interested in studying how management decisions to control hypoxia and algal blooms alter biogeochemical cycling and greenhouse gas dynamics. We are also integrating high-frequency sensor data and ecosystem models to generate water quality forecasts that predict a suite of freshwater ecosystem services. For more information, see our new project website on SmartReservoirs!