Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Catherine Kuhn

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Research Interests


My academic research investigates anthropogenic impacts to aquatic carbon cycling along a landscape gradient. I want to understand how elevation, land use and climate variables impact riverine greenhouse gas emissions. To answer this question, I use a combination of isotopic analysis, statistical modeling and gas chromatography. My approach synthesizes field studies and geospatial modeling to analyze controls on aquatic gas cycling. This thesis work -conducted in Wyoming's Bighorn range- addresses the shortage of direct measurements of carbon gas emissions from mountainous systems and suggests hydrology may play an important role in controlling seasonal development of biogeochemical hotspots. I am excited to continue integrate this type of field research across larger spatial scales by applying  cloud-based computing to the rapidly expanding library of environmentally-focused satellite imagery products.

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