BA: Skidmore College, New York
Hannah is a M.S. student working with Dr. Baxter at the ISU Stream Ecology Center. She has a degree in environmental studies with a concentration in biology from Skidmore College, New York. Following her undergraduate degree, Hannah worked as a summer research assistant in the Stream Ecology Center before taking an AmeriCorps position as an environmental educator in eastern Washington. Hannah's M.S. research is being conducted in the South Fork Salmon River drainage and focuses on how wildfire and associated debris flows affect the export of aquatic insects from headwater streams downstream through drift and laterally to riparian areas through emergence. Her research will also investigate how the flux of stream insects downstream and laterally influences the local abundance of predators such as fish and spiders. Finally, a facet of her studies is aimed at comparing the effects of wildfire versus prescribed fire on these processes.