My childhood was spent on playing in small streams and lakes in northeastern Pennsylvania. These experiences must have made an impression on me. While an undergraduate at the University of Colorado, I was drawn towards hydrology and water chemistry. The faculty at the time (Joe Ryan, Hari Rajaram) inspired me to pursue graduate school. I was fortunate enough to work with Diane McKnight for both my M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Within the graduate program, I interacted with some great graduate students and faculty both at INSTAAR and within the Civil and Environmental Engineering program. My M.S. research focussed on the electron accepting capacity of humic substances. My Ph.D. research focussed on manganese and iron cycling within streams, combining fieldwork with laboratory experiments and modeling. After finishing my degrees, I accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in New Zealand where I quantified the annual riverine flux of organic carbon from New Zealand. Following this fellowship, I received a NRC postdoc working with Jud Harvey at the USGS. During this time, my interest in national scale water quality and floodplain hydrology and biogeochemistry began. Following the USGS, I spent 2 years at the University of Nebraska. I joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 2008, and have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. Currently, I’ve been teaching 3 classes (Field Methods in Hydrology, Introduction to Green Engineering, Numerical Methods for Engineers) and am actively involved in a range of research. I’m a co-founder of the Cross-Boundary Biogeosciences group on campus, and an affiliate of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. I currently serve as the Assistant Department Head for Undergraduate Studies within BSE.
Outside of Virginia Tech, I am lucky enough to have 3 beautiful kids and a loving wife. Free time includes cooking, running, playing outside, and when time permits riding on local MTB trails and gravel backroads.