I am currently an Aquatic Ecologist at The Wilderness Society in Anchorage, Alaska and a PhD Student within the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, Alaska Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. My research is generally focused on understanding freshwater ecosystems in Alaska that contain important fish species. My research seeks to integrate empirical data and models to understand aquatic ecosystems and how anthropogenic stress may affect local hydrology and, subsequently, freshwater species.
Currently, my research is almost entirely focused in the Arctic and on the ecology of Broad Whitefish (Coregonus nasus) in the Colville River, AK. This research is investigating Broad Whitefish, life history variations, critical habitat, foraging ecology and potential climate impacts to Broad Whitefish growth, phenology and habitat suitability. I am currently targeting migratory populations in summer riverine habitat, sampling muscle tissue for dietary sources, and otoliths for strontium elements. Additionally, I will be using radio transmitters to determine seasonal movements among habitat types and identify spawning and overwintering habitat. Information on life history patterns will be used within a conceptual model that links anticipated climate change drivers to regional responses in climate, periglacial processes and hydrology, and projected effects on Broad Whitefish.