Student Spotlight - Paige Becker

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Paige Becker is a PhD Candidate in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, working with Adam Ward (now in Biological and Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University). Paige spent the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2021 at the Andrews Forest using salt and dyes to trace the streams of Watershed 1 with the goal of understanding flow paths and residence times within the hyporheic zone. Paige’s work will help scale reach studies to whole watersheds – using measurements from small sections of a stream inform how we understand streams at the watershed and landscape level. Paige is currently in Tennessee as a visitor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as part of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program. At ORNL, Paige is taking her field data and findings from HJA and implementing modeling schemes developed by ORNL to continue the goal of advancing our understanding of hyporheic exchange in mountain streams.