We are pleased to announce Kristen Bretz as the 2019 William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow!
Kristen is a 2nd year PhD student in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech studying stream biogeochemistry. Prior to starting her research at Virginia Tech, Kristen received her M.S. from UNC Chapel Hill where she studied arctic lake methane dynamics. She also worked for USDA for several years. She returned to freshwater research for the opportunity to study streams of her native Blue Ridge mountains, and she is currently investigating how changes in headwater network connectivity affect stream carbon processing.
Established to honor the late William Walker, the founding director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, this award has been given since 1999 to recognize and support graduate students in water resources who are pursuing work in a field different from their undergraduate study, or who have returned to school following a period of professional work. More information about this program is available HERE.