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Research Interests

  • Ecology and geomorphology of rivers and streams
  • Community ecology
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • Ecosystem engineers
  • Response of freshwater ecosystems to drought
  • River restoration


  • 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stroud Water Research Center
  • 2013 Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
  • 2006 B.S., Brown University

Fun things related to research in the Albertson Lab

See our Research page for more details about ongoing projects.

  • Looking for science activities for your classroom? The Rock Pack experiment combines STEM topics of engineering, ecology, geomorphology, and mathematics in stream ecosystems through the world of the net-spinning caddisfly. Interactive and hands-on activities can be used indoors or outdoors in a 7th-12th grade lesson plan to get students excited about insects and rocks in streams and to learn interdisciplinary science skills and real-world science research applications.



  • Film on caddisfly ecosystem engineers, Cairns Film



  • Comic book story about caddisflies, Field Goats



  • Film on our research with aquatic insects, Stroud Water Research Center



  • Film on microplastics in rivers, MSU Undergraduate Scholar's Program