Matthew Ross (he/him)

Matthew Ross (he/him)

Assistant Professor of Watershed Science Director of the Geospatial Centroid

I am an ecosystem and watershed scientist primarily interested in improving how we use data and models to make better environmental decisions. I hope to accomplish this goal by building inclusive and welcoming teams and approaches that democratize complex datasets and toolchains.

Interests
  • Watershed science
  • Designer ecosystems
  • Data science
  • Data-driven decision making
Education
  • PhD in Ecology, 2017

    Duke University

  • BA in Ecology, minor in French, 2010

    University of Colorado at Boulder

Fred Cheng (he/him)

Fred Cheng (he/him)

Postdoctoral Researcher

Fred is an ecohydrologist interested in understanding how hydrologic and biogeochemical process interact across different scales to better protect our water resources. Prior to joining the lab, Fred conducted research on how various ecosystems (such as wetlands, streams, and the vadose zone) altered the transport and behavior of various agricultural contaminants.

Interests
  • Watershed biogeochemistry
  • Scaling ecohydrological processes
  • Trade-offs and co-benefits of reactive interfaces
  • Integrating data science and machine learning with process-based models
Education
  • PhD in Civil Engineering, 2022

    University of Waterloo

  • MS in Civil Engineering (Water), 2017

    University of Waterloo

  • BS in Environmental Engineering, 2015

    University of Waterloo

B Steele (he/him or they/them)

B Steele (he/him or they/them)

Data Scientist

B is a self-proclaimed data geek with a background in limnology, watershed science, and remote sensing. Before landing in the ROSSyndicate, B worked with Kathleen Weathers at the Cary Institute and Holly Ewing at Bates College wrangling and analyzing data for multiple aquatic systems in the northeast. They are interested in designing tools that increase access and understanding of remote sensing data to researchers as well as leveraging remote sensing data towards a greater understanding of aquatic environments.

Interests
  • Demystifying remote sensing data
  • Creating understandable and relatable data products and tools
  • Data standards, controlled vocabulary, and dataset interoperability
  • Riding bicycles
Education
  • BS in Biology, 2006

    Syracuse University

Matt Brousil (he/him)

Matt Brousil (he/him)

Data Scientist

Matt is a lead data scientist with the ROSSyndicate. He oversees projects integrating open science techniques with large, open water quality and remote sensing datasets. He also specializes in using workflow management techniques to build reproducible workflows in R. Previously, Matt built tools for decision support in integrated pest management and worked on projects spanning the fields of limnology, ecology, entomology, and agriculture.

Interests
  • Reproducible workflows
  • Data science
  • Ecology
  • Decision support tools
Education
  • MS in Forestry Sciences, 2016

    California Polytechnic State University

  • BA/BS in Ecology and Agriculture, 2014

    The Evergreen State College

  • AA/AS, 2011

    College of DuPage

Katie Willi (she/her)

Katie Willi (she/her)

Lab + Data Manager

Katie is the lab’s data manager. Currently, Katie assists the lab on all sorts of projects, though a common thread within them is the munging and harmonizing of large datasets. Before becoming a lab manager, Katie was a fellow with the National Park Service’s Water Resources Division while receiving her Master’s with Matt and Dr. Stephanie Kampf as her co-advisers.

Interests
  • Watershed hydrology and water quality
  • Writing
  • Data management
  • Environmental policy
Education
  • MS in Watershed Science, 2021

    Colorado State University

  • BS in Environmental Health, 2015

    Colorado State University

Nick Gubbins (he/him)

Nick Gubbins (he/him)

PhD Candidate in Watershed Science

Nick is a PhD student studying how applying data science to long-term monitoring data can yield new insights on the global carbon cycle. His research interests include hydrology, water chemistry, and biogeochemistry. Prior to joining the ROSSyndicate, Nick worked on stream-gaging for the USGS Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Water Science Center and as a technician for the Center for Limnology at UW - Madison.

Interests
  • Hydrology
  • Data science and visualization
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Chemical weathering
Education
  • BS in Environmental Science, 2016

    University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sam Struthers (he/him)

Sam Struthers (he/him)

Field Coordinator

Sam is the Field Coordinator for the ROSSyndicate. He is currently managing a study of the water quality effects of the 2020 Cameron Peak Wildfire, focusing on impacts to high elevation reservoirs. Sam’s research interests include disturbance hydrology, water quality, disturbance adaptation and open access water quality data. Before starting at the ROSSyndicate, Sam worked on Dr. Stephanie Kampf’s Cameron Peak Fire hydrology study, comparing burned and unburned watersheds with a focus on snowpack impacts.

Interests
  • Post-Fire hydrology
  • Water quality
  • Disturbance ecology
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
Education
  • BS in Watershed Science, 2021

    Colorado State University

Anika Pyle (she/they)

Anika Pyle (she/they)

Communications + Development Manager

Anika is the Communications and Development Manager for the Ross Lab. She is highly organized, deeply creative, and an absolute goofball. Before joining the lab, she applied her expertise in the non-profit, small business, and cultural sectors. In addition to being a communications professional, Anika is also a touring musician and interdisciplinary artist.

Interests
  • Art x science
  • Queer ecology
  • Climate justice
  • Nature writing
Education
  • BA in Metropolitan Studies, 2011

    New York University

Affiliates

Michael Meyer, Mendenhall Research Geographer, USGS

Christian Thomas, Geospatial Engineer, SkyTruth

Alumni

Natalie Schmer - former MS student, currently a hydrologist with the USGS Pennsylvania Water Science Center

Miles Austin - former MS student, currently a water quality analyst with the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality

Bryce Pulver - former MS student, currently a hydrologist with the Bureau of Land Management

Spencer Rhea - former undergraduate student, currently a data scientist at Duke University