2014 – 2015 Global Change Fellow
Where are they now?
Nitin has a Postdoctoral Research position at the University of Vermont in the Rubenstein School for the Environment & Natural Resources, working on an ecosystem services project, where he is quantifying the role of natural infrastructure (e.g., wetlands and forests) in attenuating floods and mediating water quality at a regional scales.
Statement of purpose:
I am a fourth year Ph.D. student with Dr. Ryan Emanuel in the Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources. I am interested in understanding the effects of climate variability on water and carbon cycling in the headwaters of the Southern Appalachians. After graduation, I plan to continue conducting impactful academic research for the betterment of science and society.
Description of research:
My dissertation focuses on understanding the role of climate on hydrological and biogeochemical processes in forested headwater streams of the Southern Appalachians. My suite of dissertation chapters explores streamflow generation processes and how these processes are modulated by landscape heterogeneity and inter-annual climate variability. One of my chapters also investigates the relationship between long-term climate variations and multi decadal patterns of Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) export from forested headwater streams in the Southern Appalachians.
My efforts to understand climate impacts on water in terrestrial ecosystems are relevant to SECSC Science Theme 3: Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources, Tasks 1: Hydrological modeling for flow-ecology science in the Southeastern U.S.