I am a new PhD student in LeRoy Poffâ??s stream ecology lab. Iâ??m here from Virginia where I received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Master of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech. I have worked as an environmental consultant for the past six years, providing NEPA compliance, wetland delineations and permitting, as well as other types of environmental site assessments. I plan to study the interdisciplinary effects of human alteration of freshwater flow regimes. My goal is to establish a framework for environmental decision making that engages stakeholders in a unique decision problem, where attributes of the ecosystem make direct contributions to the production of measured outputs. I am currently researching quantitative optimization methods to be used for carrying out sensitivity analyses of potential environmental flow initiatives. I plan to conduct a pilot projects on a study site or reach in Colorado. It is a pleasure to be here at CSU and to research these topics.