I am a PhD student in LeRoy Poff’s stream ecology lab. I’m here from Virginia where I received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Master of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. I have worked as an environmental consultant in the past, providing NEPA compliance, wetland delineations and permitting, as well as other types of environmental site assessments. I plan to study the interdisciplinary effects of human alteration of freshwater flow regimes. My goal is to establish a framework for environmental decision making that engages stakeholders in a unique decision problem, where attributes of the ecosystem make direct contributions to the production of measured outputs. I am currently researching quantitative optimization methods to be used for carrying out sensitivity analyses of potential environmental flow initiatives. I plan to conduct a pilot project on a study site or reach in Colorado. It is a pleasure to be here at CSU and to research these topics.
The primary mission of I-WATER is to prepare Ph.D. students to work in an interdisciplinary team-based activity. Our research themes involve interacting teams of hydrologists, meteorologists, ecologists, and management experts. I-WATER features problem-focused research to bridge basic and applied science by combining fundamental research on scientific problems with application of scientific knowledge to actual resource issues.
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