I am a freshwater biogeochemist, ecosystem ecologist, and environmental toxicologist currently at the University of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station (FLBS). I work with Bob Hall as part of the StreamPulse Project to model both hydrologic controls on freshwater metabolism and the transport and transformation of carbon within rivers.
I received my Ph.D. in 2018 from Duke University in the University Program in Ecology where I was co-advised by Emily Bernhardt and Dean Urban. My dissertation research combined principles from biogeochemistry and landscape ecology to investigate the effects of multiple stressors (e.g. increased extremes in hydrologic flow regimes, contamination, and excess nutrients) as fundamental drivers of urban freshwater ecosystem function.
As a scientist, I study the transformations and transport of nutrients, carbon, and contaminants through watersheds and the streams that drain them. You can read more about my research here.
As an environmental educator, I seek to inspire the next generation of thoughtful stewards of the earth through teaching critical analysis, data interpretation, and communication skills. You can read more about my teaching philosophy and experience here.
joanna.blaszczak (at) flbs.umt.edu
Updates & News:
June 6th: First day of my postdoc at FLBS!
March 27th: I gave a lecture on my dissertation as part of the weekly ecology seminar series.
March 23rd: I successfully defended my Ph.D.! I am so grateful to my advisors, committee, family, and friends for all their support!