University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
B.S. in Biology, Bemidji State University
My current role in the lab of Rebecca Klaper affords meÂ the opportunity to study the toxicity of variousÂ nanomaterialsÂ on the sediment-dwelling, aquatic larvae ofÂ Chironomus riparius. Flies in the family Chironomidae, which includes C. riparius, are highly relevant model organisms for sediment toxicity.Â TheÂ relevance of this organismÂ stems from: 1)Â their global distribution, 2)Â their central position as a prey item in aquatic ecosystems, and 3)Â their capacity to survive in extremelyÂ degraded and pollutedÂ freshwater systems such as urban estuaries where contact with nanomaterials, and other potentialÂ toxins, is likely.