I am an aspiring ecologist and PhD student in the Siepielski Lab at the University of Arkansas, where I study the ecological and evolutionary implications of mass mortality events in freshwater ecosystems. These catastrophic die-offs are often caused by climate- and human-driven perturbations, and have been increasing in frequency and intensity for many organisms, particularly freshwater fish. While subtle reductions in wildlife populations or slight environmental changes may go unnoticed, mass mortality events are conspicuous examples of our ecological impact. By describing how these catastrophes affect aquatic communities and the evolutionary trajectory of lower trophic levels, we will gain a better understanding of the broad implications of extreme ecological events.



Department of Biological Sciences
Science and Engineering, Room 601
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701