I am a Research Scientist at the University of Montana, Flathead Lake Biological Station, where I have been focusing on our transboundary rivers between the U.S. and Canada, since 2007. My research focus encompasses the international landscape known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem, with an emphasis on aquatic ecology and conservation biology, in our shared transboundary watersheds, between British Columbia, Alberta and Montana. I have been working in the Crown of the Continent since 2000, where I initiated my master’s work as a Kendall Foundation Fellow, focused on the terrestrial, and aquatic impacts of coalbed gas development in the Transboundary Flathead and Elk/Kootenai Rivers.
I am involved in several collaborations within and across the Crown of the Continent, with a focus on coordinating cross-border research, the intersection of applied science and multi-jurisdictional policy, assessment of mining impacts and ecological condition, and incorporating adaptation strategies for climate change. In 2015, I expanded my work on transboundary rivers to Northern British Columbia and Southeast Alaska, where I am working with colleagues in the region to evaluate the environmental impact and risk of mining in the Taku, Stikine and Unuk Rivers, and their tributaries.