Since receiving the generous Biodiversity Grant in 2013 I have maintained my dedication to the natural sciences and continued to expand my career working with the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado and Arizona. After my graduation from UW in December of 2013, I was immediately offered a position working with Dr. David Walters in his USGS lab studying a multitude of factors that potentially affect macroinvertebrate populations in high mountain streams in Rocky Mountain National Park, in Estes Park, Colorado. I was selected for that position due in no small part to the work I completed at UW, which was facilitated by the grant I received from the Biodiversity Institute.
After 4 years working in the Fort Collins USGS lab, I accepted a new position working with the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) in Flagstaff, Arizona. Again, I was offered this position based on the significant amount of stream macroinvertebrate work I had been able to conduct early in my career. Currently, we study the effects of fluctuating flows from Glen Canyon Dam on invertebrate and fish communities. Because Glen Canyon Dam produces hydropower that supports much of the Southwest’s power demands, dam operators must adjust flows to be as efficient as possible when generating hydropower. These fluctuating flows, and the associated artificial ‘tide’ can have significant deleterious effects on invertebrate and fish populations. During my time at here at GCMRC, I have been fortunate to contribute in a very meaningful way to important science that helps preserve the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.
These amazing positions and experiences were facilitated directly by the work I was able to conduct in Wyoming, and that work was a direct result of the Biodiversity Institute’s remarkably generous grant. I am so thankful to all the donors that made that work possible, and therefore jumpstarted my scientific career. I look forward to continuing my research with the USGS, and I am forever grateful to the wonderful opportunity I was afforded by the Biodiversity Institute’s investment in me.
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