Ecology Graduate Group
B.A. Biology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
I am interested in the ecology of aquatic and marine ecosystems, especially as it pertains to endangered or commercially important fish species. I am focused on using ecophysiology techniques to understand how environmental factors influence organismal biology and then scaling that knowledge to predict community-level interactions.
My dissertation work focuses on Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Using whole organisms ecophysiological techniques I am exploring how different populations of salmon differ from one another in their thermal physiology and capacity to acclimate to different thermal conditions. I have conducted experiments on Chinook salmon from across the west coast and look forward to my research informing management solutions. To this end, one sampled population is from the Yuba River. This system is undergoing a restoration project and my work will be used to identify habitat qualities best suited to the rearing of juvenile Chinook salmon. Accompanying this work is metabolic research on predator species to better understand how metabolic performance may influence trophic interactions.
I have just recently returned from a field season in Antarctica at McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea. This work was conducted with Dr. Anne Todgham and explored how resident rockcod species (Trematomus bernacchii and Pagothenia borchgrevinkii) will be influenced by the multiple stressors of climate change: warming oceans and increasing ocean acidity. Our work on these species involved physiological and behavioral techniques.