Heili Lowman

Heili Lowman
University of Nevada, Reno | UNR · Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science

Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California Santa Barbara

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Introduction
My current research examines biogeochemical transformations at the aquatic-terrestrial interface. I pair in situ sampling and instrumentation with frequentist and Bayesian modeling approaches to monitor spatial and temporal change in aquatic environments. I received my PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara and am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Nevada Reno.
Additional affiliations
June 2020 - February 2021
Southern California Coastal Water Research Project
Position
  • Scientist
April 2017 - June 2018
University of California, Santa Barbara
Position
  • Lead Teaching Assistant
Description
  • EEMB 148 - River Ecology
January 2017 - March 2019
University of California, Santa Barbara
Position
  • Teaching Assistant
Description
  • ESM 202 - Environmental Biogeochemistry
Education
September 2015 - June 2020
University of California, Santa Barbara
Field of study
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
September 2008 - May 2012
Vassar College
Field of study
  • Chemistry

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Publications (10)
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We examined the distribution and processing of terrestrial organic material, derived from the disposal of material from a massive debris flow event following a major wildfire in a coastal California (USA) catchment in intertidal and nearshore subtidal marine sediments. Organic matter biomarkers, pyrogenic carbon and lignin phenols, were used to tra...
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Throughout the past decade, many studies have reported adverse effects in biota following microplastic exposure. Yet, the field is still emerging as the current understanding of microplastic toxicity is limited. At the same time, recent legislative mandates have required environmental regulators to devise strategies to mitigate microplastic polluti...
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Watersheds are often degraded by human activities, reducing their ability to provide ecosystem functions and services. While governmental agencies have put forward plans for improving watershed health, resources are limited, and choices must be made as to which watersheds to prioritize and what actions to take. Prioritization tools with sufficient...
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Giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera forms extensive forests on temperate reefs, providing habitat and food for a diversity of marine life. Kelp biomass varies in response to changing ocean temperatures, but physiological responses as reflected in the nutritional quality of kelp tissue are poorly understood. Over a 19-year period in southern California,...
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Terrestrial organic matter (TOM) exported to nearshore marine regions may be altered by drought or large amounts of precipitation. We examined how significant precipitation in southern California during the winter seasons of 2015 and 2016, following a prolonged drought from 2011 to 2015, impacted the quantity and quality of TOM transported to nears...
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Sandy beaches are widespread ecosystems that often sustain food webs with allochthonous subsidies of organic matter. We examined the contribution of intertidal talitrid amphipods, a dominant consumer of macroalgal wrack subsidies on sandy beaches in temperate zones, to the remineralization of wrack and resulting nutrient concentrations in intertida...
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The Introduction to Sustainability course at the University of Iowa seeks to educate the aware, informed and action-oriented sustainable citizen. A phenomenographic analysis and retrospective pretest were utilized to determine how students formed conceptions of sustainability as a result of completing the course. The study indicated that student co...
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The molecular structures of six small molecule organic compounds have been studied by X-ray diffraction in collaboration with undergraduate students enrolled in an advanced integrated laboratory course. The structures of 3-chloro-2-fluorobenzonitrile (1) [orthorhombic, P212121, a = 3.7679(13) Å, b = 12.546(4) Å, c = 13.780(5) Å], 5-chloro-2-fluorob...

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