B.A. Biological aspects of conservation. University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2008.
My interests are centered on ecosystem interactions in subarctic terrestrial environments, focusing on the role of allochthonous inputs into these systems. My current research is part of a large-scale project looking at how aquatic insect (midge) emergence from lakes in Iceland influence the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem. Midges spend most of their life in the lake until they move overland to mate and eventually die. These carcasses may be rich sources of carbon and nitrogen to an otherwise nutrient poor system. I am interested in how these aquatic midge carcasses affect terrestrial plant community structure, function and overall nutrient cycling. I work closely with other researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Mývatn Research Station.
Other than spending quality time with my dog, I enjoy canoeing, hiking, dancing, making campfires, reading, cooking, running and any other outdoor activity. I also enjoy getting others excited about traveling and being immersed in the outdoors (which I believe is best done in a canoe!).
Presentations and publications:
Raudenbush, M., D. Hoekman, J. Dreyer, R. Jackson, C. Gratton. 2011. Lake to land interactions: how aquatic insect are changing terrestrial environments. Poster: 15th Annual Wisconsin Ecology Symposium, Madison, WI