I am an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU). My broad interests are in ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, and hydrology. Specifically I am interested in how human activity and global change influences ecosystem processes and biogeochemical cycles. Currently I focus mostly on Midwestern agriculturual systems, although my past experience has taken me from the equator to the Arctic, and from lakes and rivers to mountain tops. I completed my PhD in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working with Erika Marín-Spiotta (lab website).
I am also passionate about teaching and finding the best ways for students to learn effectively in and out of the classroom.
In my free time I spend as much time as possible outdoors, canoeing, hiking, camping, fishing, and birdwatching.