My scientific journey has been motivated by understanding how aquatic ecosystems, ranging from organismal to ecosystem level scales, respond to anthropogenic influences. My research so far has focused on the effects of climate change, species losses and addition, and land use change on the structure and function of both tropical and temperate streams and rivers. As a technician with Dr. J.L. Tank at the University of Notre Dame, I was part of a collaborative research effort to determine the effects of genetically modified corn on agricultural headwaters. I received my Masters degree with Dr. M.R. Whiles at Southern Illinois University, where I investigated the potential effects of the amphibian decline on food web dynamics in a Panamanian headwater stream. After, I worked as a research associate for Dr. R.A. MacKenzie at the Institute of Pacific Island Forestry, where I examined how climate change could impact the community structure in Hawaiian rivers. I completed my Ph.D. with Dr. R.W. El-Sabaawi at the University of Victoria, studying the effects of climate driven changes in rainfall, introduced species, and the interaction of the two factors on tropical island streams. Currently, I am a postdoc with Drs. A.L. Subalusky and D.M. Post at Yale University, determining the influence of wildlife subsidies on the Mara River food web in Kenya.