My Research Experience:
I worked on the Willow Biomass Project at SUNY ESF, under Dr.Teece’s supervision, conducting a study on wax production versus water availability in willows (Salix).This is the first study to our knowledge that not only characterizes but quantifies the amount of epicuticular wax produced in multiple clones of Salix under varying irrigation regimes and over an entire growing season (June through September). We are currently working on a paper regarding water use in willow.
As an undergraduate student, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Australia in order to do 25 days of independent biology research with Dr. Bill Shields.
After graduation in May 2005, I began working at General Electric’s Global Research facilities in Niskayuna, NY in the Environmental Technology Laboratory. For approximately one year I aided in the development and research processes of numerous bacteriological/bioremediation studies, specifically dealing with the degradation of PCE and TCE DNAPL through a multi-stage process by a dehalorespirating bacteria called Dehalococcoides.
My graduate research will center around the ability fatty acid stable isotopes to be traced through multiple trophic levels of two parallel food webs (freshwater, marine). In our freshwater food web we are interested to see if these fatty acid stable isotopes are conserved over three trophic level interactions, particularly the interaction between zooplankton, fathead minnows and bluegills on the St. Lawrence river and in lakes of central New York. The three trophic levels of the marine system have yet to be determined.
Presenting my data and results at the Spotlight on Research at ESF in April 2007