Hello! My name is Allison Oliver and I am an aquatic ecologist and biogeochemist. I live in beautiful northern British Columbia and work for the Skeena Fisheries Commission on a wide variety of topics including limnology, watershed ecology, glaciers and salmon, coastal biogeochemistry, water quality monitoring, and wild fish conservation.
My experience includes research on projects involving limnology, water quality, hydrologic processes, watershed disturbances and effects on aquatic ecosystems, organic matter dynamics, coastal biogeochemistry, nitrogen cycling, ecological stoichiometry, and benthic macroinvertebrate ecology. I am also interested in practical applications of water quality monitoring and use of biological organisms as indicators of ecosystem health, as well as the structure and function of alpine freshwater ecosystems. I strive to produce good science that can be used to properly inform management and conservation issues.
I was born in Northern California, and I have spent most of my life exploring the rivers and mountains of Western North America. I earned a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis, where I studied the effects of disturbances, such as wildfires, dams, and algal blooms on freshwater biogeochemistry and aquatic communities, and the implications for water quality and ecosystem structure and function. I recently completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Hakai Institute and University of Alberta, working with Dr. Suzanne Tank. As a postdoc, I studied the origin and fate of freshwater constituents in coastal ecosystems of the central British Columbia coast by examining land-freshwater-coastal interactions and processes occurring at the soil-freshwater and freshwater-ocean interface.
In my spare time, I can be found on a river or roaming around in the woods with my dog.
Please feel free to contact me – aaoliver at gmail dot com – with any science-related questions and thanks for visiting my page!