The Mara River is a critical water source for both people and wildlife in Kenya and Tanzania. My research examines the interaction between water quantity and water quality in the river basin and provides information important for resource managers interested in protecting environmental flows in the river to sustain ecosystem services.
I learned so much at Ichauway, first as a research technician and then as a graduate student, that informs my current work. First and foremost, I learned a tremendous amount about being a good naturalist and allowing observations of the natural world to shape my research questions. I also learned how to develop and carry out an independent research project and how to make my research meaningful to resource managers and practitioners. These skills have benefitted me tremendously, no matter in what ecosystem or country I am working.
I have so many wonderful memories of my time at Ichauway… wading through cypress wetlands at night looking for the golden glow of a gator eye, floating down the Flint River in a canoe and sleeping on a sandbar, snorkeling the Ichauwaynochaway Creek looking for turtles, and sharing these experiences with the many lifelong friends that I made there.