My research is at the nexus between hydrology and hydrogeology. I began in hydrology by studying water clarity in Lake Tahoe, a deep mountain lake, then shifted my research to surface water-groundwater interactions, where focus was on developing the use of heat as a tracer of streambed water flux and advancing an integrated model capable of simulating streamflow down a dry riverbed.
Current research interests still focus on surface water-groundwater actions, although I work on a diverse set of projects from international development projects to ecohydrology. The use of multiple tracers to understand groundwater recharge patterns in streambeds and understanding the dynamics of intermittent and ephemeral streamflow are my main passions. Since 2015, I have been an ARC DECRA fellow, measuring and modelling what hydrologic factors lead to streamflow in arid regions, using Pedler Creek in the important wine region McLaren Vale as an example.
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Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, December 2010, Advisor: Greg Pohll
Dissertation Title: Spatial and Temporal variation in seepage from unlined channels.
M.S., Hydrology, University of Nevada, Summer 2004
Thesis Topic: Trends in water clarity in the near-shore of a mountain lake. Advisor: Kendrick Taylor
B.A., Environmental Science, minor in German, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2000
Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) (2015)
Vice-chancellor’s Award for Early Career Researchers, Flinders University (2014)
Director’s Award, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (2012)
U.S. Civilian Research Defense Fund, Impact of lining canals and afforestation on groundwater (2010)
George Burke Maxey Award in Water Resources Research, Desert Research Institute (2010)
George Burke Maxey Hydrology/Hydrogeology Fellowship, Desert Research Institute (2008)
U.S. Student Representative to the Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Physics, Lindau, Germany (2008)
Fulbright student fellow (Uzbekistan) (2005)
My research focuses on understanding the dynamic processes of the hydrologic cycle, especially in arid regions. This has included evapotranspiration, streambed discharge and recharge, and groundwater flow. I have worked on several international water development projects to better manage freshwater resources around the world.
PhD completed - JAN 2017
Associate editor, Hydrogeology Journal, 2014-2017.
Member of the Self Assessment Team (SAT), Flinders ATHENA SAGE program.
Member of the STEM Women Branching Out board.
Management Committee member, Flinders Medical Centre Community Childcare Centre.
Organizer, hydrogeology RHD student journal club.
Presented to multiple local organizations and U3A groups on Adelaide region hydrogeology research.