University of Wisconsin-Madison
August 2018- Present
Master's in Freshwater and Marine Sciences
My graduate research is focused on how lake ice-on and -off times are changing and how these changes are impacting lake ecosystem. I am interested in the feedback loop occurring with ecosystems surrounding a lake as these times change. More specifically, I am interested in how under-ice organisms are changing and how phytoplankton and algae growth rates are differing due to changing ice times.
Graduated: May 2017
B.S. in Physics & Certificate in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
At Dickinson I worked on serval different research projects including a renewable energy biogas project at the college farm, an impact study on groins in Cape Henlopen, and wrote two senior theses: "Where do Different Sized Particles Accumulate on Gravity-Capillary Waves?" and "Exploring the Feasibility of a Colocation Project in Carlisle, PA"
Dickinson College Independent Research: Interfacing a Solar Air Heater with a Methane Producing Biogas Digester
During a multi-semester independent research project the team explored optimization methods of the college farm's biogas digester. This involved designing and building a solar air heater, creating different ways for biogas to be transported and used around the farm, and partnering with Bucknell University to test and measure the productivity of the digester.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Atmospheric Science and Oceanic Sciences
REU and LTER Fellow: Summer 2015
Working with Dr. Reed and Dr. Desai, I researched soil-water flux and new methodologies of measuring lake ice depth. Using an environmental climate chamber it was possible to simulate lake ice growth conditions. We used our simulations to find correlations between the volumetric soli water content readings from Campbell Scientific 616 sensors to ice depth. This work was presented at the Fall 2015 AGU conference and was published. A follow up study to this method was done during non-stimulated ice conditions in the 2015-2016 winter on Lake Mendota, WI.