I am currently an assistant professor in the Geosciences and Natural Resources department at Western Carolina University. While I continue to work with collaborators across the country, I am also beginning to explore new questions at WCU's very own research watershed. In a broad sense I am exploring how water gets to the stream and how the chemical patterns we observe in stream water arise.
I earned my Ph.D. in the Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) department at Virginia Tech. I worked with Dr. Kevin McGuire (Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and FREC) in the watershed hydrology group at Virginia Tech. The field component of my research was carried out at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, where I worked primarily with Dr. Scott Bailey.
I love spending time outdoors and believe that this time amongst the phenomena you are studying is key to developing your scientific intuition and maintaining your motivation. I enjoy spending this valuable time out of doors riding bikes and climbing rocks in addition to taking samples and digging soil pits!
Spring 2014, Ph. D., Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (Hydrology), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Dissertation: Hydrology and soil development at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, USA
Advisor: Kevin J. McGuire
2010, M.S., Geosciences (Hydrogeology), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Thesis: Determination of Fracture Flow at the Coles Hill Uranium Deposit in Pittsylvania County Virginia Using Electrical Resistivity, Borehole Logging, and Age Dating Methods
Advisor: Thomas J. Burbey
2007, B.S., Physics (focus: Earth Science), The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Advisors: Byron R. Parizek and Martin Becker
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