DRWI Project Phycologist, Patrick Center for Environmental Research
Ph.D. student, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University of Drexel University
When it comes to diatoms, you have to learn to live with ambiguity
I was first introduced to diatoms while working at an environmental consulting firm as a lab assistant. I fell so in love with them that I dug them out of sediment cores and reconstructed the eutrophication history of reservoirs in the Muskingum River Watershed, Ohio, which helped me earn a M.S. in biology at John Carroll University. Upon completing my degree I accepted a position at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where I currently work on a long-term, collaborative water quality monitoring effort in the Delaware River Watershed. I am also pursuing my Ph.D. in environmental science at Drexel University, using this watershed as my study location. I am interested in the use of diatoms as indicators of stream health, but more importantly I aim to better understand the foundation upon which water quality metrics and indices are developed - their taxonomy and evolutionary history.
Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI)