We are a lab group at Montclair State University in New Jersey. The goal of our research is to understand how anthropogenic factors alter ecological communities, given expected patterns of assembly, coexistence, and diversity from fundamental ecological theories. For the past few years, we have been investigating how anthropogenic stressors such as salinization, climate change, and invasive species affect freshwater environments. We also study how infrastructure and environmental modifications such as roads alter the chemistry and distribution of species in ponds, lakes, and streams. We are currently investigating if road salts increase the risk of heavy metal contamination in private drinking wells in New Jersey. If you have a well in northern New Jersey, consider donating a water sample. Enroll here.