Under the direction of Dr. David Cooper, my doctoral research is to develop a watershed hydrogeomorphic classification which identifies physical drivers supporting the various fluvial landforms, hydrologic regimes, and riparian biota of streams in the Sonoran Desert. Within this conceptual framework I will integrate geophysical, geomorphic, hydrologic, and biological data to understand how climate, anthropogenic disturbance, and exotic species affect riparian community structure, as well as the establishment and growth of key plant taxa. Our study areas are located in Yuma Proving Ground and Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona. I hold a MS in Watershed Science from Colorado State University and a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia. My recreational pursuits include angling, paddling, backpacking, photography, gardening, and brewing.