I migrated from the Midwest to the Pacific coast, and am presently a PhD candidate at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. I am interested in community ecology and food webs in changing environments, especially in freshwater systems subject to climate change and human disturbance. My research combines multiple analysis techniques, including modeling and empirically-driven approaches, and I am continually working to develop new skills to answer challenging ecological questions. My desire to become a scientist was driven by enthusiasm to continue learning, and I have found teaching to be a fulfilling way to share my excitement about the natural world and the process of science with others.
Please feel free to browse my website, and contact me with any questions (rhovel at uw dot edu).