I’m a post doc fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Long Island Sound Study. In my post doc, I’m using open science principles to manage long term data from the study. Right now, I’m exploring the variation and seasonality of nitrogen loading to the Long Island Sound, and whether that can help explain variation in hypoxia events. I’m interested in applied ecosystem ecology, and how we can manage our agricultural and coastal lands to maximize ecosystem services such as food production, carbon storage, and clean water, while minimizing eutrophication, greenhouse gas production, and habitat and biodiversity loss.
As a PhD student at the Menge Lab, I explored biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology in agricultural systems. My dissertation used a mix of field, laboratory, and meta-analysis techniques and have established field studies both in Cerrado/Amazon region of Brazil and a traditional temperate agricultural research station in Southern Sweden to address the following questions: How might reactive nitrogen losses differ in tropical regions where production is likely to increase compared to well-studied temperate croplands? What management practices can reduce reactive nitrogen losses on existing intensified croplands?