I am interested in the mechanisms that govern lake food web structure and function across heterogeneous landscapes, and in understanding limnology patterns occurring across scales. My early research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab sparked my interest in mountain freshwater systems, and I have since been increasingly focused on high alpine freshwater ecosystems more broadly as a potential model for testing deeper ecological questions.

My work spans the gamut from local-scale trophic dynamics to global-scale patterns in lake distributions. Currently I am exploring the abundance, distribution, and food web ecology of California mountain lake ecosystems in the Sierra Nevada. I am also exploring the effects of mega-wildfire on lake communities and their food webs. Check out the #SierraFishes project on Twitter to follow along with my research and adventures in the backcountry.

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