I love science for two main reasons. First, it solves problems and second it reminds us to be curious, grateful, and careful. Science helped us figure out how to open our food barrel when we got dropped off in the Noatak without a wrench. I believe that science can also help solve economic inequality, contribute to non-violent problem solving, and mitigate effects of human-caused climate change.

    My work centers on how human disturbance alters carbon and nitrogen transport and transformation in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Specifically, this involves measurement of in situ and laboratory rates of gas production, nutrient turnover, organic matter stability, and carbon bioavailability. I am particularly interested in how the co-evolution of landscapes and ecosystems results in broad-scale patterns of biological, hydrological, and geochemical behavior. My PhD research focused on the permafrost carbon feedback, using interdisciplinary techniques to quantify and predict the response of high-latitude ecosystems to climate change. My postdoctoral research seeks to understand nitrogen retention and removal at the small-catchment scale and develop field and modeling methods to couple carbon and nitrogen cycling. Notable contributions include the first projections of hydrological carbon export for the circumarctic, conceptualization of upland permafrost collapse on carbon and nitrogen balance, a new mechanism explaining ecosystem δ13C, and a coupled hydrological-biogeochemical framework for monitoring and managing agricultural catchments. See the publications page or my blog for details.

    I didn't get interested in science because of a mind-blowing peer-reviewed paper that I read. I got hooked by TV shows like Nature and National Geographic. Science writers like Stephen Jay Gould and Loren Eiseley showed me what it meant to be a scientist and I hope to continue their tradition of making complex and cutting edge research available to a lay audience. I believe that connection with the natural world increases our sense of self-worth, our understanding of place, and enriches our quality of life. By presenting the process of my scientific training and work to the general public I hope to increase understanding of, and eventual trust in the scientific method.