During the first twenty years of my life, I explored the beautiful lakes, streams, and wetlands of Wisconsin. After attending and graduating from UW-Stevens Point I worked in the West, then headed south and east to perform research and complete my graduate degrees. I was a visiting assistant professor at West Virginia University for one year and then accepted a permanent position in the University of Maryland system, where I stayed for four years. When the opportunity arose to return to UW-Stevens Point and teach the same courses I credit for piquing my interest and steering my career, I happily accepted it. As a broadly-trained ecologist that has worked in multiple regions of the US, I aim to share my enthusiasm, knowledge, and experiences with my students.
Experience and Interests
- Assistant Professor of Fisheries and Water Resources, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI (2018-present)
- Assistant Professor of Biology, Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD (2013-2018)
- Adjunct professor and post-doctoral researcher, Division of Forestry and Natural Resources, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (2012-2013)
- Aquatic ecology
- Aquatic invertebrates
- Terrestrial-aquatic linkages
- Stream and wetland bioassessment
- Society for Freshwater Science
- American Fisheries Society
Last book you read?
Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model organisms for ecological and evolutionary research
Best advice you ever received?
Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Professional angler or wildlife veterinarian.
“Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you get into it deeply enough.” -R. P. Feynman
One thing about your college that you are most proud of?
The faculty in the Fisheries and Water Resources discipline are enthusiastic and engaging educators. We’re also active researchers with strong ties to state and federal agencies, which helps us keep our curriculum relevant and current.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I like learning, and teaching allows me to have a career where I’m constantly learning.
A piece of advice for students?
Talk to your professors. We’re here for you!