I am a hydrogeologist with expertise in process-based mechanics of surface water and groundwater transport and biogeochemical processing within these environments. In 2018 I began in the PhD program at the University of Connecticut working with Dr. Ashley Helton understanding the effects of temperature increases on carbon dynamics within stream networks. This research will focus on developing reach- and network- scale models based on heterotrophic ecosystem responses observed in field and laboratory studies as part of the collaborative NSF-funded Carbon Response to Experimental Warming project.
My background work has focused on understanding site-specific surface water-groundwater interactions to instruct aquatic habitat/ecological restoration design as well as contaminant fate and transport remediation. I have extensive experience using novel, high-resolution field methods to characterize surface water-groundwater connections, including geophysical surveys, stable isotope tracers and multiple heat tracing techniques including infrared, fiber optic temperature sensing (FO-DTS), and thermal flux profiles. Recently I have been also utilizing unoccupied aircraft systems (UAS) to evaluate larger, difficult to access aquatic systems. I am interested in combining these techniques to better understand the spatial and temporal dynamics of the groundwater-surface water interface, which will allow us to better able model and aptly apply to large scale projects. I currently also work for AECOM out of the Environmental Remediation Group in the Rocky Hill, CT office.
I received my M.S. under Dr. David Boutt at UMass Amherst in 2015. My central thesis questions involved understanding and quantifying surface water/groundwater interactions within wetlands. This research used geophysical techniques to better constrain an understanding of spatial controls on spring formation within peatlands, and is published in the journal HESS.
At Syracuse University I had the privilege of working with Dr. Laura Lautz where my research project was focused in using heat as a tracer of surface water-groundwater interactions, and linking streambed flux exchange rates to observed biogeochemical dynamics.