Associate Professor of Hydrology
Her research focuses on watershed processes approached from an ecological and engineering perspective. Specifically, she explores the effects of urbanization on stream systems and conducts basic geomorphological research relating hydrologic stream characteristics with biotic integrity. To conduct these interdisciplinary research projects she partners with local and state agencies, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and private consultants.
Her teaching interests include watershed hydrology, stream ecology, sustainable water resources, stream restoration, and fluvial geomorphology.
This course will use a natural science lens to explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals with a specific focus on water, energy, and food production. We will develop an understanding of the role science and technology can play in carrying out the social and economic development agenda. We will explore the implementation of the goals on a global scale as well as efforts underway locally and regionally. Students in this class will read primary literature, complete case study reports, work collaboratively and independently on projects and actively participate in small group and class discussions and activities. We will also utilize the Hampshire College campus living laboratory visiting and using as points of discussion the net zero energy/water living building, the solar array and the college farm center.
All life requires water to survive. Where do we get our water? Where does it go? Will there always be enough? How can we manage our water resources to ensure there is enough? What policies affect these decisions? This course explores these topics using a systems approach to gain an understanding of how our water resources are intimately tied with the surrounding ecosystem. Topics include the water cycle, hydrologic budgets, urban stormwater management and low impact development. Students will read and discuss primary literature, delineate watershed boundaries, compute water budgets (at the watershed level and for their own water use), and complete a group design project. Each group will develop a design for a stormwater best management practice to be located somewhere on the Hampshire campus. Designs will include: assessment of need for improved stormwater management, building layout/plan, and stormwater calculations. Groups will be required to present their final designs to the class.
This course is a continuation of NS132, NS140, and NS156 and will provide students a path for completing independent and collaborative projects centered around the Kern Center living building on Hampshire's campus. Students will learn skills in independent and collaborative research, project design, grant writing, presentation, and science writing. Students may use this course to develop project proposals for summer work as part of Integrated Sciences III or to prepare them for work in Division II. This course is open to all students from NS132, NS140, NS156 or by instructor permission.