Whitney Beck

As a student at the University of Maryland College Park, I gained a strong interest in freshwater management and graduated with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy in spring 2012. At EPA's Office of Water, I evaluated state methodologies for assessing water quality and designating water bodies as impaired under the Clean Water Act. I also worked at EPA's Office of Research and Development, supporting management of Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants related to freshwater, climate, and atmospheric science. As a PhD student in Dr. LeRoy Poff's lab and an I-WATER IGERT fellow, I am incorporating ecological, hydrological, and socioeconomic principles to study the interactions among streamflow parameters, nutrients, and algae in freshwater streams. This research aims to better link streamflow regimes with water quality and primary production. My recreational interests include hiking, biking, cooking, and traveling.