I am a hydrogeologist with expertise in process-based mechanics of surface water and groundwater transport and biogeochemical processing within these environments. I previously worked in AECOM's Environmental Remediation Group and am currently in the Ph.D. 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 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.