I am originally from the Washington, DC area. I attended Virginia Tech for my undergraduate degree, a B.S. in Biology, which I earned in 2000. I moved to Oregon shortly thereafter, earning a M.S. in stream ecology in 2003 and a Ph.D. in stream ecology in 2007. For my Ph.D., I examined controls on nitrate dynamics in streams in the upper Willamette Basin. Following my Ph.D., I held post docs at Washington State University-Vancouver and at the US EPA laboratory in Corvallis. In these post docs, I focused on examining watershed scale sources and impacts of reactive nitrogen. Currently, I work for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. In my position, I develop watershed scale models for examining water quality and work with stakeholders to development management plans to reduce pollution and improve water quality. I also advise graduate students in the ESM program at Portland State.