Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
University of Minnesota
I am a postdoctoral associate working with Dr. Gretchen Hansen in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the University of Minnesota. I am broadly interested in fish and fisheries ecology, particularly in the Midwestern United States and Canada. I have also become increasingly interested in examining how science is done and in looking for ways to improve scientific methods and practices. My research spans these two broad categories and focuses on applying theory and quantitative tools to better understand and manage our aquatic resources.
My work has included field sampling, laboratory work, and a variety of quantitative and statistical analyses. I particularly enjoy working with computers and thinking about how we can improve science by using computer-based techniques. For example, some of my dissertation research involved developing a statistical method to gain information about when fishes and other organisms mature using only growth data (that is, without any information on maturity).
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Hillsdale College in 2012, where I worked with Dr. Anthony Swinehart on the ecology and fossilization patterns of fossil fishes in the Green River Formation in southwest Wyoming. In 2014, I recieved my Master’s degree from Purdue University, where I worked with Dr. Tomas Höök on a variety of projects, including (1) an analysis of yellow perch Perca flavescens recruitment synchrony in the Laurentian Great Lakes, (2) an analysis of spatial trends in catch of trout and salmon in Lake Michigan, (3) an assessment of the stock biology and sustainability of cisco Coregonus artedi in glacial lakes in Indiana and southern Michigan, and (4) an analysis of lake and catchment characteristics that promote cisco survival in Indiana lakes. Finally, I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 at the University of Minnesota under the tutelage of Dr. Paul Venturelli. My Ph.D. research centered on (1) justifying the use and standardizing the calculation of degree-days (a physiologically-relevant thermal metric) in fish science, and (2) using biphasic growth models to garner a wealth of life history information from growth data for fishes and other cold-blooded organisms.
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