About Ed

I am a systems scientist working to understand how microorganisms control and constrain transformative processes in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. My research crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, linking physical and ecological sciences and scales from single-cell microbiology to integrated watershed analyses of coupled human and natural systems.

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  • We investigate the causes and consequences of microbial biomass in a range of diverse ecosystems


B.S., Biology - University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA,

Ph.D., Ecology - University of Minnesota
Saint Paul, MN,

Awards, Honors, Grants

  • NSF IOS "Deconstructing bacterial community biomass stoichiometry one cell at a time ", 2015-2018
  • Fulbright Scholar, Honduras, C.A., 2013
  • USGS Mendenhall Fellow Fort Collins, Colorado, 2011


Is Heavy Metal Bad For Your Biomass? Consequences of Metal Exposure to Bacterial Stoichiometry Upstream and Downstream from a Superfund Site

ASM annual meeting, Atlanta, GA, June, 2018

Evaluating variation in microbial ecology one cell at a time.

ESA annual meeting, Portland, OR, August 2017

Lake Yojoa Honduras: The changing state of a large tropical lake during 30 years of human caused stress

ESA annual meeting, Baltimore, MD, August, 2015


  • Ecological Society of America, Advancing the Science of Limnology and Oceanography, International Society of Microbial Ecology, American Geophysical Union