Ph.D. - Water Resources Science, University of Minnesota. 2009.
M.S. - Biology, University of Minnesota, Duluth. 1998.
B.S. - Biology, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX. 1996.
Areas of Interest
In graduate school, I studied the impacts exotic zooplankton had on the native zooplankton community (MS) and the effects of varying quality food on Daphnia vertical migration (PhD). While finishing my PhD, I began my career as an environmental consultant. I still examine the environment and things that impact it - just on a larger scale - and for a different audience.
Each year I write numerous stormwater pollution prevention plans (SWPPPs). These plans seek to find ways to keep the stormwater that runs through and off of a construction or industrial site from becoming entrained with pollutants. Why care about stormwater runoff? One reason to care is because there are state and federal regulations that require facilities to minimize pollution in stormwater runoff. And secondly (and the reason for the regulations) - runoff typically flows via storm sewers to surface waters (such as lakes, rivers, or wetlands). By keeping runoff “clean,” we protect our surface waters.
In addition to writing SWPPPs, having them reviewed by regulators, and performing SWPPP site inspections, I also am an instructor with the Erosion and Stormwater Certification Program. Construction sites and industrial facilities are subject to stormwater regulations. The program offers comprehensive training for designers, inspectors, contractors, and other staff involved with those sites and regulations.
Teach with the Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification program. I am an instructor for the following certification and recertification courses:
Construction Site Management
Design of Construction SWPPP
Also an instructor with the Industrial Stormwater Permit Training Program.