Adam Wymore

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Introduction

I received my B.A. in Biology from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Originally, I planned to study the Humanities, however due to some inspired teaching I discovered the natural sciences late in my college career. Although playing catch up with my studies was difficult, I have never once regretted becoming a student of Biology. I spent half of my senior year studying in East Africa, a high point of my college experience. After graduation I taught high school science for six years in Connecticut and California. I look forward to returning to teaching in the future.

I did my Master’s work at California State University, Sacramento. My thesis work measured the physiological and exercise effects of metabolic shifts. Even though we used human subjects, I wrote my thesis with an ecophysiological framework. It was also at CSUS that I began to pursue an interest in freshwater systems (it’s difficult to avoid freshwater issues in California) and fisheries.

I am now in Jane Marks’ freshwater ecology lab and am excited to combine a diverse background into a focused study. I was awarded a NSF IGERT fellowship and at Northern Arizona University our unique theme is, Genes to Environment. My dissertation study will examine how organic carbons from riparian tree species affect certain freshwater and in-stream processes, specifically nitrogen cycling. In cottonwoods (Genus: Populus) for example, certain organic carbons are under genetic control and there is considerable inter- and intraspecific variation with respect to the concentration of these compounds. In addition to providing a significant source of organic carbon to aquatic food webs, cottonwood leaf litter also affects how nitrogen is retained and lost by influencing rates of nitrification. This research can therefore connect the genetic structure of a foundation riparian species to ecosystem level processes and how aquatic food webs are structured. I am enthusiastic about this project as it reaches into many different fields ranging from evolution, ecosystem ecology, and stream ecology, to ecosystem and river restoration, and climate change.