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Caleb Aldridge

Research Associate

Hometown: Glen Allen, AL

Education: B.S. in Biology (General), University of North Alabama; M.S. (Current) in Biology (Ecology and Wetlands), University of Mississippi

I am a research project manager of a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the 201/202 Monitoring Network of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). I am charged with collection, management, and analysis of data and monitoring and management of field equipment and operations. The goal of this project is to assess the effectiveness of in-field best management practices for sediment, nutrient and water delivery to downstream ecosystems through the use of edge of field monitoring. These proposed activities are also in line with the recently released Gulf of Mexico Action Plan for reducing, mitigating and controlling hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico and improving water quality in the Mississippi River Basin in 2008, by the Mississippi River / Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Task Force.

I also assist with project design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation within the R.E.A.C.H. program and Water Quality Lab. My goals are to help deepen our understanding of human influences on water quality and develop and test innovating solutions to mitigate negative impacts.

My interest are very broad, from core ecological studies and landscape studies to human dimensions of natural systems and nature writing. I am currently completing my Master of Biology in which I investigated how road-stream crossings influenced stream-associated salamanders. I plan to begin work on a Master of Landscape Architecture. It is my intent to combine my educational and research experience to develop better ecological design in agricultural settings and restoration of landscapes at the watershed level.