Hello! My name is Allison Oliver and I am an aquatic ecologist and biogeochemist. 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 my PhD in Ecology at the University of California, Davis. As a doctoral student, 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 am currently completing a postdoctoral research fellowship with the Hakai Institute and University of Alberta, working with Dr. Suzanne Tank. As a postdoc, I study the origin and fate of freshwater constituents in coastal ecosystems of the central British Columbia coast. My research examines land-freshwater-coastal interactions and processes occurring at the soil-freshwater and freshwater-ocean interface. My previous work includes limnology, organic matter dynamics, 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 am currently living in beautiful northern British Columbia and working on a variety of projects, from water quality planning, to limnology science, to native and wild fish conservation.
In my spare time, I can be found riding my bike, fishing, skiing, or otherwise roaming around in the woods.
Please feel free to contact me at aaoliver at ualberta dot ca with any science related questions. and thanks for visiting my page!