Past lab members
Dr. Megan Kepler Schall
Dr. Yan Li
Dr. Steve Midway
Dr. Tyler Wagner
Broadly speaking, I am an aquatic ecologist; however, my research program focuses primarily on fish and lake ecology. I have built my program to fill important knowledge gaps that exist in our understanding of lake and stream ecosystem processes that include: (a) fine-scale ecological properties and processes of fishes, such as habitat use, movement dynamics, and responses to legacy and emerging contaminants, (b) macro-ecological drivers of lake and stream ecosystem state, including lake water chemistry and fish growth and distributions, and (c) conducting synthetic work to study the interactions that exits between these scales.
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After earning a couple bachelor's in wildlife ecology (Florida, 2010) and statistics (North Florida, 2013), I moved across the country to earn my master's in statistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (2015). I then spent a few years as a statistician in industry before deciding to return to school and pursue my doctorate in ecology. I am broadly interested in quantitative fisheries, particularly applied research motivated by management and conservation efforts. At PSU, I will be studying stream fish communities across Pennsylvania through Joint Species Distribution Models. I’m also hopeful to incorporate stock assessment methodology into my dissertation research. Some of my favorite free time activities include fishing, hiking and cooking.
I am a current Master of Science student investigating groundwater upwellings as a source of contaminants to tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. My research interests lie in the field of stream network science, and specifically, how compounds of biological concern interact with sediment, groundwater and surface water in aquatic environments. Other interests include sustainable water resource management and stream remediation projects. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, and various forms of outdoor recreation with my favorites being mountaineering and kayaking.
I have worked as a fisheries technician for two years following my undergraduate education. This allowed me to work on projects ranging from evaluating Brook Trout’s response to a competing species during warming temperatures, to comparing population characteristics of Flathead Catfish across a range of establishment levels within the Susquehanna River. My latest research focuses on quantifying macroscale growth variation of Flathead Catfish. Additionally, I explore possible growth drivers of large-scale variation within the species. My master’s thesis will be an extension of this research.
I received my B.A. in Biology and Environmental Science from Colby College in 2016. While at Colby, I worked as a teaching assistant for introductory ecology courses and conducted water quality research on the Belgrade Lakes during my senior year. My research interests broadly include the ecological impacts of human development such as emerging contaminants, external nutrient loads, and climate change on aquatic ecosystems. My research at Penn State will focus on the spatial and temporal variation of emerging contaminants in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as well as the potential impacts of endocrine disrupting compounds on Smallmouth bass. Outside of academia, I enjoy running, skiing, backpacking and photography.
In 2019 I received my Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Connecticut where I worked on estimating animal population sizes via hierarchical Bayesian spatial capture-recapture models. Now working through the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit my research is broadly focused on the effects of land management on habitat, fish health and population dynamics in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In my free time I enjoy sewing, painting, playing the banjo and spending time with my dog Ruby.
Having earned a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Studies from Randolph-Macon College and a M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech, I’ve devoted my academic career to understanding various aspects of fish ecology. My research has included topics on non-game fish conservation, stream habitat restoration, and social learning in salmonids. Through this, I developed a keen interest in determining how the behavior of individual fish drive observed patterns in populations and across landscapes; a topic I will explore further while pursuing a Ph.D. in the Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. You can learn more about me and my research here.
I received my PhD degree in Environmental Sciences from Peking University. Now I am a post doc in the lab. My research will focus on understanding and predicting nutrient patterns for all continental US lakes at the continental scale. I will explore the states, relationships, and synergetic changes of water quality variables on both spatial and temporal dimensions. Then I will try to identify drivers of patterns at multi-scales. Those studies will be mainly based on applications or proposals of novel statistical methods, including classical methods, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning methods. In my leisure time, I enjoy running, playing badminton, and playing table tennis.