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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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 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.
I am currently an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Much of my undergraduate research has dealt with brook trout, particularly investigating the role that changing temperature and individual behavior play in determining fine-scale habitat use. My other interests include the impact of climate change on freshwater ecosystems and environmental outreach and education. On campus I am heavily involved in student leadership and community service and in my free time I love to be outdoors.