I am a master’s student in the Hydrogeology Lab working with Dr. Anthony D.
Kendall. My research aims to understand how inputs of cold groundwater into
streams can provide thermal refuge habitat for cold water fish species in
warming streams. I use a combination of modeling and data collected from field
deployed sensors to explore how a warming climate will affect these streams, and if
they can remain viable habitat for cold water fish species in Michigan. An improved
understanding of how temperature changes in these habitats during peak water
annual water temperatures is needed to understand future fish survival. By
exploring the future viability of thermal refuge in cold water habitat, I hope to
contribute to informing effective conservation and management efforts.
I received my Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Policy from Clarkson
University. My previous research experience has involved studying the growth and
spread of aquatic invasive species in Northern New York. During my Bachelor’s
degree I participated in Clarkson University’s Adirondack Semester Program, where I
participated in a research project examining mercury deposition in Vernal Pools from
the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack State Park. Outside of academia, I’m
passionate about a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking,
and nature photography.