I am a Master’s student in the Department of Geography and joined the University of Oregon’s River Group in 2014. In 2011, I received my Bachelor’s degree in geology from Oberlin College in Ohio. As an undergraduate, I contributed to research in paleoecology and stratigraphy at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and in coastal erosion along the coastline of Lake Erie at Oberlin College. My professional work experience has included time spent with the US Forest Service (Cave Junction, OR) and the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (Shokan, NY). As a native Oregonian, I am thrilled to be back on the West Coast and to promote a science-based management of our natural resources.
For my Master’s thesis, I am using hydraulic and habitat models to compare pre- and post-restoration conditions on the Long Tom River near Monroe, OR. I am using ADCP, RTK-GPS, and LiDAR data to establish current the current terrain and using the river rehabilitation plans from the US Army Corps of Engineers to determine how much new salmonid habitat will be created and if any infrastructure will have an increased chance of erosion or flooding due to the construction.
After graduation, I would like to use my knowledge of geography, geology, GIS, modeling, and fluvial geomorphology to improve stream restoration practices in the Pacific Northwest.
I have been a teaching assistant for the following courses at the University of Oregon:
GEOG 141: Natural Environment
An introduction to physical geography. Topics include climatology, geomporphology, and biogeography
GEOG 425/525: Hydrology and Water Resources
A more advanced exploration of surface hydrological processes. Topics including the hydrologic cycle, stream flow, water resource management in the United States
GEOG 481/581: GIScience I
An introduction to geographic information sciences. Topics include use of ArcGIS, coordinate systems and projections, and basic cartographic principles
GEOG 482/582: GIScience II
A more advanced exploration of geographic information sciences. Topics include use of ArcGIS, basic Python commands, database management, model building, and cartographic principles
GEOG 485/585: Remote Sensing
An introduction to the theory and practice of interpreting and classifying remotely sensed spatial information