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Heather NB Frazier

Graduate student, degree program: PhD
Geography Department
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4060

heather.berry@geog.ucsb.edu

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I am interested in understanding how and why urban and agricultural land use influences stream ecosystems. My research focuses on how stream ecosystem metabolism and water temperature dynamics respond to varying land use in SBC LTER watersheds. I am particularly interested in understanding how land use changes the drivers of these ecosystem dynamics and the relative influence of riparian land use compared to watershed land use. Stream ecosystem processes moderate the flow from land to sea of materials such nutrients, pollutants, and organic matter, so understanding how these ecosystem processes are altered by land use is critical for understanding the links between terrestrial and near-shore environments.