University of California Davis
Alex is a broadly trained ecologist who likes to study plant-soil-water interactions in human-impacted ecosystems and landscapes. Her dissertation work has focused on the structure and biogeochemical function of semi-natural waterway networks and their riparian zones in the Central Valley of California. Alex first joined the lab as lab manager and spent time in South Africa working on nutrient cycling in riparian forests of Kruger National Park before joining the Ecology Graduate Group to pursue her PhD. She likes asking questions like: what makes a stream function not like a pipe? how do we understand riparian ecosystems across diverse hydrogeologic and land use settings? and, how do we introduce ecosystem function back into highly modified landscapes?