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. I enjoy engaging in a diverse set of projects from international water development to ecohydrology.
Currently, my primary research focus is on understanding how rivers function hydrologically, particularly in semi-arid to arid regions where streamflow ceases for some part of the year. Within an inclusive, interdisciplinary context, I aim to improve our understanding of how rainfall becomes streamflow, and how this streamflow recharges our aquifers.
Read about some of my projects here:
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
South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2020)
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)
PhD completed - JAN 2017
PhD - AUG 2019
PhD - OCT 2020
PhD - DEC 2020
Masters - NOV 2019
Masters - NOV 2019
Masters - JUN 2019
Masters - NOV 2018
Masters - NOV 2016
Masters - JUN 2017
Guest editor, Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies 2019-20.
Guest editor, Geofluids 2018.
Conference organiser, Australian Freshwater Sciences Society.
Associate editor, Hydrogeology Journal, 2014-2017.
Member of the Self Assessment Team (SAT), Flinders ATHENA SAGE program.
Member of STEM Women Branching Out.
Management Committee member, Flinders Medical Centre Community Childcare Centre.
Presented to multiple school groups and U3A groups on Adelaide region hydrogeology research.
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