Fieldwork on the Eightmile River in Connecticut

Fieldwork on the Eightmile River in Connecticut

My undergraduate and master’s theses were based in research that I did on aquatic macroinvertebrate community structure in the Mattabesset River and Eightmile River watersheds in central CT.  The research took place between 2004 and 2006.  

For my undergraduate thesis I compared different methods (Surber sampler, kick net, and rock bag substrate samplers) commonly used  by monitoring agencies to sample these fascinating organisms.  

For my master’s thesis I examined spatial and temporal patterns in various aspects of macroinvertebrate community ecology.   This research included taxa rarity, preditor/pray abundances, and trophic groupings.  I also compared and critiqued various water quality metrics commonly used for rapid bioassesment and ongoing biomonitoring. 

This work continues... to learn more visit the Chernoff student research site.

If you are so inclined, you can check out my undergraduate thesis and masters thesis