My current project focuses on the importance of emerging aquatic insects as a vector for energy and nutrients to enter terrestrial food webs. Emerging insects significantly contribute to the diets of riparian predators, such as birds, bats, and predatory beetles. I want to guantify the cross-ecosystem tran§fer of biomass and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) via emerging insects. To do so, I have deployed floating emergence traps on Lake Mindelsee (a mid-sized mesotrophic lake located near Radolfzell). Laboratory experiments will also help in determining the importance of aquatic insects and their biochemical constitutes to terrestrial invertebrate predators. This project, a D-A-CH collaboration (with Dr. Martin Kainz at the LIPOX lab at WasserCluster Lunz), will aim to quantify the emergence and transfer of important nutrients from multiple freshwater lakes (ranging in their altitude) to their surrounding terrestrial ecosystems and the importance of PUFA to riparian predators.
- 2018 - Present: PhD Candidate (Aquatic Ecology), Limnological Institute (University of Konstanz), Germany
- 2015 - 2018: MSc (Molecular Science), Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
- 2011 - 2015: BSc (Honours Biology), York University, Toronto, Canada