About Brittanie

M.S. candidate in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology program. My (very patient and nice) advisor is Dr. William Clements and I am studying the colonization of benthic invertebrates to metal and sediment impaired stream habitats. My ongoing research goals are to answer ecological questions on how contaminants change ecosystem processes. Particularly, how benthic invertebrate behavior changes with environmental stressors. When I'm not spending most of my time in the lab, I enjoy thrift shopping, photography, playing with my cat, and discovering new music. And I still really like oranges and chocolate milk...but preferably not together.


  • Aquatic ecosystems, ecotoxicology, benthic invertebrates, environmental stressors, fate and transport of contaminants, invasive species, behavioral ecology.


B.S., Biological Sciences - Wayne State University
Detroit/MI, 2011

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013


  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography