Ecological regime shifts, community ecology, aquatic ecology, metaproteomics, food web dynamics, pitcher plants, microbial communities, metagenomics.
2005 Champlain College, Burlington, VT
B.S., Professional Writing, Media and Creative
2012 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
B.A. Cum Laude, Zoology (major), Geology (minor)
Awards and Scholarships
2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Honorable mention)
2012 Kurt Milton Pickett Award, University of Vermont, Department of Biology
2011 URECA! (Undergraduate Research Endeavors Competitive Award) (declined in order to accept UVM OUR Summer Internship)
2011 UVM OUR (Office of Undergraduate Research) Summer Internship
2011 David Hawley Award (UVM geology department)
2009 David Bucke Award, University of Vermont, Department of Geology
2005 Creative Writing Award in Non-Fiction, Champlain College
2013- Present Graduate Student, University of Vermont
P.I.s: Nicholas Gotelli and Bryan Ballif
Project title: Forecasting and forestalling tipping points in an aquatic ecosystem
2011 Research Assistant, University of Vermont
Supervisor: Sara Helms Cahan
Project title: Effect of juvenile hormone on timing of harvester ant development (pilot study).
2011- 2012 Student Researcher, University of Vermont
Advisor: Charlotte Mehrtens
Project title: Use of lithium heteropolytungstate heavy liquid in conodont microfossil recovery for biostratigraphy from the Middlebury Formation (Middle Ordovician) of west central Vermont.
2011 Student Researcher, University of Vermont
Advisor: Sara Helms Cahan
Project title: Does worker behavior control differential development rates in parental and hybrid harvester ant lineages?
August 2014 – Present Advisor, Saint Michaels independent research course for study abroad student.
March 2014 – Present Tutor, Introductory biology and genetics courses at the University of Vermont.
January 2014 – May 2015, Advisor, University of Vermont undergraduate research apprenticeship course.
August 2013 Guest Lecturer, University of Vermont – Plant-Animal Interactions, taught by Alison Brody.
January – May, 2013 Teaching Assistant, University of Vermont – Principles of Biology, taught by Becky Miller
Northrop, A. and Mehrtens, C. (2012). Use of lithium heteropolytungstate heavy liquid in conodont microfossil recovery for biostratigraphy from the Middlebury Formation (Middle Ordovician) of west central Vermont [Abstract]. The Green Mountain Geologist, 39, 10.
Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Water Quality Remediation, Implementation and Funding Report Part II: Lake Shoreland Protection and Restoration Management Options. (Online). January 2013. Available: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/reports/2013ExternalReports/285836.pdf
October 2014 – “A metaproteomic approach to defining alternative states and detecting state changes in an aquatic ecosystem.” Bio Lunch presentation, University of Vermont Department of Biology.
May 2014 – “The Northern Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea, as a model ecosystem for identifying novel proteomic predictors of aquatic ecosystem tipping points.” Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, Portland, OR.
October 2013 – “Predicting and preventing state changes in aquatic ecosystems using protein biomarkers.” Eco Lunch presentation, University of Vermont Department of Biology.
August 2013 – “Proteomic approaches to predicting and forestalling state changes in aquatic ecosystems.” Invited talk. Harvard University, Pringle Lab.