I received my Master of Science degree in Fisheries Biology in December 2016 under Drs. Michael Weber and Clay L. Pierce. My research is focused on understanding landscape influences on mercury accumulation in Iowa fishes.
I grew up on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain. Here, I found my passion for the outdoors, particularly fishing. As fishing success varied from year-to-year, I found myself constantly becoming aware of human influences on fisheries resources. This led me to pursue my Fisheries Science degree in rural upstate New York at Paul Smith’s College. As mercury awareness and consumption advisories became more apparent, I began focusing my studies on human and natural influences on mercury accumulation in common sport fishes, particularly northern pike.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods;
There is rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes;
By the deep sea, and music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more...
Factors affecting mercury concentrations in Iowa fishes
M.S. Project, August 2014 - present