Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
M.S. Water Resources Science, Minor in Geographic Information Science: University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN (2012)
B. S Wildlife Biology, Minor in Biology: University of Minnesota, St. Paul MN (2010)
My love for natural resources stemmed from my experience at the School of Environmental Studies, an alternative high school in Apple Valley. My love for animals drove me to pursue a degree in Wildlife Biology but my desire to stay local presented me with opportunities to strengthen my experience with geographic information systems (GIS). I find GIS to be an extremely valuable way to study natural resources while saving time and money that is necessary for fieldwork. My internship with the City of Eden Prairie where I inventoried and mapped the city’s wetlands and storm water ponds prompted me to pursue a second degree in Water Resources Science. The ubiquity and necessity for clean water and healthy aquatic ecosystems made this an ideal pursuit for me.
My GIS experience allowed me to obtain a research assistantship during my graduate program studying the affects of air temperature on water temperature in groundwater-fed streams of southeastern Minnesota. My thesis included this research and the conclusions I was able to make regarding the vulnerability of trout in this area under a future climate change scenario. This work also resulted in a manuscript currently under review by the Journal of American Water Resources Association. During my graduate program I demonstrated drive and self-motivation and was hired onto a second research assistantship that turned into a research fellow position upon graduation in June of 2012. I am currently employed under this position within the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering using GIS to create a model in Excel for prioritizing watersheds across the state of MN for long term water quality monitoring.