Thanks for visiting! My research uses paleolimnologic records (sediment cores from lakes) and modern lake monitoring to learn more about how changes in land use, coupled with larger-scale changes like climate fluctuations,  affect water availability, water quality, and the ecological function of lakes and watersheds over time.  I’m interested in using modern analogs in lakes today to understand how lakes respond to change over time scales ranging from decades to many thousands of years.  One of my main interests is using sediment records to establish baseline, or “natural” conditions in lakes to use in discussions of management goals and policy decisions around water resources issues; understanding natural rates of change and ecosystem variability allows for a better evidence-based approach to modern water resources policy.  

Read more about my research interests, projects, and interests in science outreach at the links above and in posts about what I’ve been up to recently!