Education and Experience
2015- M.S.: Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, Water Resources, University of Wyoming
2015: Take Five Scholarship Year, Analyzing Language Based Gender Inequality, University of Rochester
2014 B.S.: Environmental Science, Biology and Anthropology double minor, University of Rochester
2015: Suwanee Suture and GA Rift basin experiment (SUGAR), summer field team, Vidalia, GA
Summer 2014: REU student in Applied Geophysics Experience (SAGE), Santa Fe, NM
Summer 2013: Internship with the United States Geological Survey Water Science Office, Ithaca, NY
2013: Science and the Environment Program, Danish Study Abroad, Copenhagen, DK
2012-2013: Lab Assistant, Werren Lab, Molecular Genetics, University of Rochester
I am interested in better understanding how water is partitioned across semi-arid rangelands; what proportion of water is going to the streams, vegetation, into deeper storage. I am also interested in determining what water in contributing to streamflow throughout the year.
How I became a scientist
I became scientist because I never stopped questions. I was always curious how the natural world worked and wanted to choose a field that would impact human health and let be work outside. For a while I was focused on getting a career in the medical field, but became obsessed by the interconnectedness of water on human and environmental health. I have been fortunate to have had amazing teachers and professors my entire educational career who always encouraged me to challenge myself and think big.
How my work benefits society
Despite being our most vital resource, how water is distributed across the landscape and proportion contributing to our aquifers and streams is not well understood. Hopefully my work will help impact water management strategies in the mountain west. As populations grow in places where water availability is spatially and temporally disconnected, understanding mountain streams will be ever more pressing.