Grants and research awards


Research overview

Holding a lake sediment core in the Uinta Mountains

Environmental change in high alpine environments

I am a paleolimnologist by training. Paleolimnologists use mud in the bottom of lakes as records of past environments.  Sediments, remains of plants and animals, and a wide variety of compounds gradually collect in the bottom of lakes creating an archive of clues about past environments.  Paleolimnology requires the integration of studies from a variety of disciplines, and so my own research involves methods and techniques from isotope geochemistry, geography, biology, limnology, and geomorphology.  My interdisciplinary research to date has focused on understanding pollution in alpine lakes that are exposed to little direct human impact.

Training for graduate students in science communication

I am interested in science communication with stakeholders (government, industry, members of the general public, etc.) both in my own work and as an integral part of science overall.  My recent research in this area has been focused on incorporating science communication training into graduate education.  In this work, our research team surveyed early-career aquatic scientists in order to understand the current state of science communication training and to develop recommendations for departments and institutions.

My interest in science communication extends the effective design of figures and graphics for academic publication.

Evaluating faculty mentor and fellowship programs

My educational research to date has focused on identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges in faculty mentor and fellowship models, with particular attention paid to their applicability for online instructors.