Ph.D. River Science
European Union EMJD-SMART Fellow
My interdisciplinary research aims to improve the scientific practice of river management, most notably in ecological restorations, stream buffers, and hydropower.
My work bridges ecology, hydrology, and chemistry to examine how changing habitat affects the function of aquatic ecosystems. I am especially interested in the ways in which the nutritional quality of food resources affects aquatic ecosystem health.
European Union EMJD-SMART Fellow
Summa cum laude, in corsu honorum, Phi Beta Kappa
Part of an international research team developing a sustainable aquaculture/aquaponics system to feed displaced peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Responsible for the nutritional quality of fish feed and the development of aquatic insects as an alternative and sustainable food source.
Examined the influence of large wood on the creation of habitat and the ecological function of aquatic food webs. Analyzed a national data-set of river restorations to support in-stream flow rehabilitation. In the field, evaluated the effectiveness of specific restoration techniques in creating high-quality physical habitat conditions.
Studied the ecological impacts of water releases from hydropower dams on rivers in the Italian Alps. I examined changes to invertebrates and loss of downstream food resources, affecting the function of downstream ecosystems.
Examined the effect of large wood in rivers on aquatic food webs. Studied changes to biological communities around wood and traced the importance of various food resources on ecosystem productivity using stable isotope and fatty acid biomarkers.
Evaluated the effectiveness of stream buffers throughout Westchester County, New York. Related the coverage of urban surfaces throughout 10 watersheds to stream water quality, contaminants, and algal communities. Examined the effect of nutrient pollution and the loss of stream-side forest on the nutritional quality of food resources for aquatic consumers.
Teaching assistant in the Department of Natural Sciences for the Post Baccalaureate Pre-Health Program. Lead instructor for class topics covering evolution and ecology.
Instructor in Math and Language Arts test prep at the Lycée Française de New York French International School. One-on-one tutor in AP Statistics and other sciences.
Graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Biological Sciences for General Biology Laboratory 1 and 2.
Coordinator of summer research experience for undergraduates (REU). Lived on-site, organized events, provided training in field-techniques and laboratory methods, and gave general assistance and troubleshooting for students during summer research projects.
Co-organized student and mentor mixer at the 2015 Meeting of the Society of Freshwater Science in Milwaukee
Represented the Doctoral Candidates on the Academic Board of the international Research Council overseeing the Doctoral Program. Worked towards the smooth functioning of the program and addressing student grievances.
Managed communications strategy and outreach with media outlets of the activities and achievements of the College Democrats of New York and 15 active chapters of the College Democrats on local campuses.
Organized 125 members for political campaigns and on- and off-campus issue-based campaigns and advocacy. Worked with local community stakeholders and organized events of high-profile speakers on campus, including Howard Dean.