I study how environmental processes interact across scales of time and space to impact aquatic organisms and communities, and how our understanding of ecology is formed by the measurements we take.
As an integrative spatial ecologist, I am interested in how ecological and evolutionary processes drive the distribution and persistence of organisms. I research the relationship between environmental variation and organism occurrence, with a particular focus on the interplay between different scales of time, space, and organization. A distinctive feature of my work is how I incorporate data science as part of an integrated scientific practice: I use data synthesis, field sampling, and experimentation to test hypotheses concurrently across multiple scales. My work seeks to explain how patterns of biodiversity are maintained in nature and predict how communities shift when ecosystems change.
I practice science as a creative endeavor.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. - Albert Einstein
PhD in Environmental and Natural Resource Science, 2020
Washington State University
MSc Applied Marine and Watershed Science, 2015
California State University Monterey Bay
BA in Biology, 2010
University of Oregon
National Science Foundation fellowship studying how to measure substrate mobility in hard rock communities and whether or not substrate mobility acts as a characteristic disturbance within those communities.
This project stems from an idea published in Cramer and Katz 2020.
Modelled spawning movements of Green Sturgeon within the Sacramento River and the shade component of the FHAST model.