I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. I am working on the CSI-Limnology project. This project is compiling a large database of lakes from 17 states in the midwest and northeast US with the goal of indentifying interactions occurring across different spatial and temporal scales. I am specifically looking at climate, and how it affects water quality across space and time. One goal of my project is to determine if the integrative climate indices are sufficient for characterizing the effect of climate on lake water quality, or if the more detailed and spatially variable information present in annual precipitation and temperature records are required. My research interests include limnology, algal ecology, ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. I received my BSc from the University of Michigan, my MSc from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and my PhD from the University of Toronto. For my dissertation, I studied benthic algal production and extracellular release under the direction of Ann P. Zimmerman and Don A. Jackson.