At The Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab, we work to advance the science and practice of conserving freshwater ecosystems. Together, our passion is to create a world where people understand, value, and conserve freshwater biodiversity. Our research tackles many of the grand challenges facing freshwater sustainability, including issues related to the threats associated with dam infrastructure, invasive species, and climate change, and in a diversity of settings such as dryland streams, temperate rivers, inland lakes, and in front of our computers! Please explore our lab blogs to learn more.
Next, I started my doctoral studies in the Ecology Program at Colorado State University under the supervision of Dr. LeRoy Poff. My time in graduate school was hugely rewarding; I was passionate about advancing the study of ecohydrology, using ecological traits as a currency to understand freshwater phenomena, and learning everything I could about fishes of the American Southwest. My dissertation studies represented my first forays into riverine ecology and theoretical biology and lead to pioneering research on the process and implications of biotic homogenization for conservation.
After completing my PhD studies in 2004, I was awarded a David H. Smith Conservation Postdoctoral Fellowship from Society for Conservation Biology. I conducted research in the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin with Dr. Jake Vander Zanden, where I developed tools to forecast the spread of freshwater invaders in Wisconsin Lake. As a Smith Fellow I was also exposed to the inner workings of conservation NGOs and was provided the wonderful opportunity to expand my research program on invasive species and water resource management into the field of conservation.
Finally, I landed a faculty position in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington in 2006, and I’ve been here ever since.