Kelly Loria

I have an extensive curiosity for understanding the ecological mechanisms underlying natural processes and interested in conservation-based research. Within the Johnson Laboratory, I’ve spent the last couple of summers sampling alpine lakes in Green Lakes Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Arapaho National Forest, in order to gauge how climate change is affecting aquatic biotic communities. I also analyze samples of zooplankton from the Johnson Lab’s California field sites to compare how disturbances such as drought and agricultural influences affect zooplankton community composition, reproductive rates, and size in fresh water ponds. These changing conditions in both freshwater ponds and alpine lakes are creating interesting trends in the biotic communities that will eventually lead to compelling management implications for these National and State parks