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Research Interests

Ecological regime shifts, community ecology, aquatic ecology, metaproteomics, food web dynamics, pitcher plants, microbial communities, metagenomics.

Education

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

Research Experience

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?

Teaching Experience

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

Publications

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

Presentations

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.