Current Research Projects
Currently, my PhD research is focussed on understanding how physical hydrology controls ecosystem structure and function in the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDVs) of Antarctica. The MDVs are one of the coldest, driest, least biodiverse landscapes on earth. As such, this glacially-driven hydrologic system offers an unprecedented opportunity for understanding how hydrology mediates ecological patterns across a disparity of spatial and temporal scales. Furthermore, the relative simplicity of the MDV hydrologic system provides a natural hydrological laboratory that can provide basic insights towards understanding complex hydrological connections in mid-latitude temperate systems.