I earned a B.S. in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry from Nazareth College of Rochester in 2004 and earned my Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology at Kent State University in 2013. My research interests integrate freshwater community and ecosystem ecology by examining community-level effects on decomposition dynamics in aquatic systems. Part of my dissertation research focused on the role of crayfish as shredders in stream detrital dynamics. Stream-dwelling crayfish can be an important shredder in temperate-forested streams, and I have examined how crayfish processing of leaf species of different food-quality can influence food quality of the resulting fine particulate organic matter. Additionally, I investigated competitive interactions between floating-mat wetland macrophytes and macrophyte decomposition in a seasonally dry, tropical wetland at Parque Nacional Palo Verde, Costa Rica.
Most of my current research is done while acting as a research mentor with NAPIRE and LSAMP-REU with the Organization for Tropical Studies at the Las Cruces Biological Station in Costa Rica. Mentor projects vary, but are
I have various taxonomic interests – from aquatic plants and
I also have interests in mathematical
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