Dr. Morales-Williams joined the faculty of the Rubenstein School in August 2017. Her research and teaching program will focus on nutrient flux and energy flow via land-water linkages and address the role of anthropogenic disturbance and climate change processes in the formation and maintenance of harmful cyanobacteria blooms. She will teach a limnology course in the fall.
She recently completed her doctoral degree in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology at Iowa State University. She worked in Dr. John A. Downing’s limnology laboratory to investigate triggers of cyanobacterial dominance in lakes. For the past year, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota, where she investigated the impacts of terrestrial biodiversity on downstream aquatic microbial communities.