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.
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.
This course is part of an integrated science learning experience combining water resources, mathematical modeling, and microbiology using the Hampshire College Kern Center, built to the Living Building Challenge Standard, as a case study. Students will meet twice a week to explore the science behind the systems of the living building in their specific discipline. Once a week all three classes (NS132, NS140 and NS156) will meet together to complete interdisciplinary projects, share expertise, and form a collaborative science learning community. Students will read and share primary literature and work collaboratively on projects. We will learn about the campus living building from the architects and design engineers, take field tours, and meet faculty across campus engaged with the project. Students who complete this course may choose to continue their work using the living building in NS280, Collaborative Project Design, during the spring semester. Students enrolled in NS132, Sustainable Water Use/Reuse, will focus on the "Net Zero" water systems within the Kern Center Living Building. We will explore the cycling of greywater through the wetland systems within the building using a systems approach. We will learn methods for measuring water quality and quantity. Basic topics will include the hydrologic cycle, biogeochemical cycles, greywater recycling, and stormwater reuse.
Water covers 71% of the earth and is crucial for our existence. In this course we will study the processes by which water moves through the landscape and atmosphere with a focus on freshwater resources. Areas of focus will include hydrologic cycle/water budgets, groundwater hydrology, issues associated with water quality, quantity and availability, and the use of natural systems to treat contaminated water. Students will explore the primary literature, complete lab exercises, visit local field sites, and work in teams to collect field data and complete projects. This course is suitable for upper-division students as well as first-year students with basic science background and an interest in water resources.
Floods, droughts, and hurricanes have all been predicted to increase in response to climate change. How will these and other effects impact our access to freshwater? How will we adapt to these changing conditions? This class will cover a brief introduction to the science behind climate change predictions and look specifically at the impacts to the water cycle. We will also discuss how the ways in which we have changed the landscape affect our ability to respond to changes in water availability. Students will read and discuss primary literature, develop a research question and project, collect and interpret data (both in the field and the library), and learn the basic skills scientists use to analyze water-related issues.