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Job Title/Position:Research Assistant
4840 South State Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Alicia’s academic background began in the field of ecology. Her initial research investigated the influence of canopy cover as a possible mechanism for widespread population decline of the Blanchard’s Cricket Frog, and she studied the ability of this species to utilize golf courses as possible alternative habitat for movement and breeding. Since then, Alicia has delved into water resource planning/management and hydrologic modeling. Prior to joining the GLERL community, Alicia spent a short period of time working with the Anne Arundel County, MD Watershed, Ecosystem, and Restoration Services, spending approximately half her time providing support for pollutant run-off model calibration and basic GIS analysis for community projects (delineating drainage areas, landcover/imperviousness calculations, etc) while spending the other half of her time focused on exploring functional wetland assessment methods best suited for use within the county’s permitting process.
Currently at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, Alicia is working on her M.S. degree, which she is expected to complete in April of 2012. Her project focuses on assessing the availability and quality of water resources in the Laikipia District of Kenya, specifically at the Mpala Research Centre and Wildlife Foundation. The broadest goal of this project is to provide culturally appropriate recommendations for current and future use of water resources in order to foster conflict-free, water security for Mpala and the region at large. Emphasis is being placed on the need to accurately quantify water demand, characterize water quality, develop appropriate water purification mechanisms, and spatially analyze rainfall patterns in order to accurately design a rainwater capture and storage plan.
B.S. – University of Evansville, Environmental Science (2010)
M.S. – University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources and Environment (expected April, 2012)
Research Interest/Area of Expertise:
o Influence of landcover and imperviousness on run-off and pollutant loads
o Landuse change and urban/regional planning as it relates to the availability and quality of water resources
o Spatial analysis of water resources