Areas of expertise/current research

  • Harmful algal blooms
  • Physical/ biological coupling
  • Aquatic biogeochemistry
  • Numerical modeling



  • Co-Instructor. ENEC 698 Capstone Project
  • Guest lecturer. ENEC 471 Human Impacts on Estuarine Processes, MASC 104 Biological Oceanography, MASC 470 Estuarine and Coastal Marine Sciences
  • Independent Research Advisor. ENEC 693H, Honors Thesis Independent Study



  • North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission, Standing Committee on Habitat and Water Quality (2019-present).
  • Scientific Advisory Council, North Carolina Nutrient Criteria Development Plan (2015-present).
  • Core Management Team, NOAA North Carolina Sentinel Site Cooperative (2017-present).
  • Cape Fear River Partnership Water Quality Team member (2017-present).


Select current research projects

  • Understanding thermal stratification as a key driver of harmful cyanobacteria blooms on the Cape Fear River, NC (Urban Waters Consortium).
  • Automation of Water Resources Inventory and Assessments (WRIA) and Contaminant Assessment Program (CAP) reporting for US National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish and Wildlife Service).
  • Quantitative evaluation of changing nutrient sources to the Chowan River. Clean Water Management Trust Fund subcontract through the Albemarle Commission.
  • Using citizen science to understand nutrient limitation of algal blooms on the Chowan River: Filling critical data gaps and promoting community engagement (NC Sea Grant and Kenan Foundation Community Collaborative Research Grant).
  • Defining the nitrogen budget for Falls Lake (North Carolina Policy Collaboratorium).
  • Third party hydrological data review. (North Carolina Policy Collaboratorium).