I enjoy all aspects of ecology, but my research focuses on running water environments, from small brooks to the Allegheny River, which runs along the southern edge of campus.
In the early 1990s Jim Miller and I developed a technique for tracing the movement of organic particles in streams, which we used in a small stream in Allegheny State Park.
From 1994-1998 I participated in a large, National Science Foundation-sponsored study of particle transport in Idaho streams. This study was funded by a $600,000 grant to Idaho State University and involved the use of radioactive tracers to track organic particles.
Recently, I and two other members of the Biology Department, Patty Parsley and Jim Miller, established a Stream Research Site in the Nine Mile Creek State Forest, a 3086-acre tract of land about 10 miles from campus. We are very anxious to involve undergraduates in our studies there. Click here for more information on the Nine Mile Creek site and research opportunities there.