My current dissertation research focuses on methane cycling in estuarine systems like the Chesapeake Bay. I am particularly interested in the microbially mediated processes responsible for oxidizing the greenhouse gas and the environmental factors influencing the rates of these processes. My goal is to understand the controls on methane availability and cycling in estuaries to better quantify the potential flux of the potent greenhouse gas from these systems to the atmosphere. My master's work investigated the controls and distributions of nitrous oxide, another potent greenhouse gas, in shallow tidal waters of Chesapeake Bay. I also worked to develop an efficient, non-toxic sampling method to measure dissolved nitrous oxide without the use of mercuric chloride. I am currently advised by Dr. Laura Lapham and Dr. Ryan Woodland.
- University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, 2020, M.S., Marine and Estuarine Environmental Science
- Washington College, 2015, B.A., Environmental Studies