Alisha Shah PhD candidate





I am interested in how physiological limits affect the distribution of organisms, constrain their function, and mediate their response to a changing environment. Specifically, I study the thermal physiology of aquatic insects along elevation (mountains) and latitudinal (USA and Ecuador) gradients. The parameters I focus on include metabolic rate as a function of temperature and dissolved oxygen, and critical thermal maxima for target species. I hope that some of the insights gained from my work can inform efforts for stream ecosystem restoration and conservation.