Amy is the laboratory manager, which includes juggling samples analysis, instrument and laboratory upkeep, and undergraduate workers. Her interests include nutrient cycling, native flora and fauna biological/environmental interactions, and food web structures of rivers and streams.
Her master’s research looked at food web dynamics of native freshwater mussels. Freshwater mussels are one of the most imperiled organisms on the planet yet researchers are not entirely sure what food resources they are utilizing. How can native mussel species inhabit areas with low productivity and still thrive and reproduce? These are the sort of questions that her project hopes to shed light on.