Previous Research

I am broadly interested in global environmental change and how we respond to it, and have been lucky to have a variety of research opportunities in both the natural and social environmental sciences. Here is a partial list of some of the highlights!

Plant ecophysiology and phenology in a warming Arctic

I was a research assistant on the Ecotypes Project based at Toolik Field Station in the North Slope of Alaska. We studied the plasticity and response of Arctic cottongrass to warming and changing seasonality with in-situ warming chambers and a reciprocal transplant experiment. I also set up an experiment to look at plant responses to soil drying from precipitation change and permafrost thawing.

Some publications and presentations are availble here:

Air pollution, nitrogen deposition, and urban forest functioning

As lab manager at research technician in the Templer Lab at Boston University, I worked on the Urban New England Project, examining the combined effects of forest fragmentation and urbanization on forest function and biogeochemistry across the landscape of Northeast US secondary forests. We also studied interactions between urbanization, air quality, and ecosystem processes, including at continental scale with data collection and longitudinal analysis of the National Atmospheric Deposition Program network.

Publications from this work are available here here:

Biogeochemical silica cycling across the land-to-sea continuum

As an undergraduate, I conducted research with the Porder Lab at Brown University, the Tang, and Melillo Labs at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and the Carey Lab at Babson College. We examined the effects of soil warming on the fluxes of silica through plants, soils, and watersheds, to understand how climate interactions with geochemical weathering and biological cycling would drive the availability of this nutrient to terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

You can read our results here:

International climate finance, transparency, and governance

Brown University's Climate and Development Lab is an academic think tank focused on domestic and international climate policy. As a member, I studied international climate governance under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), with a particular focus on how we think about the ethics and finances of climate-induced losses and damage policy, as well as transparency in reporting of climate finances.

Some of our publications, reports, and communications available here: