I’m an postdoctoral researcher at NC State University and a member of the Ecohydrology & Watershed Science Lab. My current research focuses on using machine learning techniques to predict and explore how land cover impacts streamflow at national (USA), regional (NC), and local (NC hillslope) scales. I’m broadly interested in research questions exploring the relationships between to humans and water resources (water quantity and water quality).
I also like to help organize R-Ladies RTP events, help update the R-Ladies Global directory, contribute to the FeminaSci Blog, volunteer at the Durham Farmer’s Market, explore the outdoors (hiking, biking, climbing, swimming), maintain my cultures (kombucha and sourdough), and cook/bake for friends.
PhD in Biological & Environmental Engineering, 2017
MS in Biological & Environmental Engineering, 2012
BS in Biological Engineering (Complex Systems), 2007
Binghamton University (SUNY)
Tested two spatial statisics approaches to predict in-stream water quality.
Lab study measuring the impact of alternating anaerobic/aerobic conditions on stream biofilms.
Integrating hydrology model outputs and demographics data to aid risk assessment and climate change adaptation efforts in North Carolina.
Created an ecohydrology stable isotope model to test the two-water-world hypothesis.
Developing a web-based application to evaluate agricultural best management practices.
Exploring Spatial Data with
sf - I organized and lead an workshop introducing to the sf package to NC State BAE 590 students. Code and slides from this class can be found here.
Coding Help Desk - I co-organized the Coding Help Desk with Dr. Sam Zipper at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting 2018 in Washington, DC. AGU attendees were welcome to stop by and ask coding related questions to volunteers well-versed in R, Python, MatLab, etc. programming.
Exploring Spatial Data with
sf - I organized and led a 2-hour workshop for R-Ladies RTP introducing members to the
sf package in R on July 19, 2018. The repository for this workshop is available here and you can read more about the USGS GAGES-II dataset that we used in the tutorial here.
Ecohydrological Modeling for Land and Climate Change - I co-organized and co-led this 4-hour workshop with Dr. Kunwar Singh at the North American International Association for Landscape Ecology (NA-IALE) annual conference in Chicago, IL on April 10, 2018. The goal of this workshop was to train US-IALE members how to calibrate, validate, and visualize SWAT outputs.
Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for Ecohydrological Modeling - I co-organized and co-led this 2-day workshop sponsored by the NC State University Center for Geospatial Analytics with Dr. Kunwar Singh at NC State University from March 1-2, 2018. The goal of this workshop was to (1) train attendees how to calibrate, validate, and visualize SWAT outputs and (2) encourage a collaborative SWAT-user community at NC State University.
As a Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence fellow, I taught 2, 2-hour workshops each semester from September 2014 to May 2016 on topics including:
I was a teaching assistant (TA) for two courses at Cornell University:
Watershed Engineering (BEE 4730) - An senior level capstone engineering course taught by Dr. M. Todd Walter. I organized hands-on laboratory and field activities, graded homework (engineering write-ups and reports) and held office hours. I served as a TA for the Fall 2011 and Fall 2012 semesters.
Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems (BEE 3710) - A junior to senior level course covering concepts related to hydrology and the water cycle taught by Dr. M. Todd Walter. I organized hands-on laboratory and field activities, graded homeworks (engineering write-ups and reports), and held office hours. I served as a TA for the Spring 2013 semester.
From August 2007 to August 2008, I taught English as a Second Language to students ages 1 to 60 (private, semi-private, and small class lessons) at Hands-on English in Tokyo, Japan.