Jill Baron and field crew in Rocky Mountain National Park


Jill Baron
Jill Baron, PhD
Principal Investigator
Dr. Baron is a research scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory. Her research interests include applying ecosystem concepts to management of human-dominated regions, and the effects of climate change and atmospheric nitrogen deposition on mountain ecosystems.
Daniel Bowker
Daniel Bowker
Program Manager/Research Associate III
Daniel manages the Loch Vale Watershed Long-term Research and Monitoring Program. Through past training as both a philosopher and forester, Daniel has gained a profound appreciation of how our ideas inform our practices, and how those practices affect the natural world that sustains us. Daniel's interests include forest management and water quality, small scale economies, philosophical anthropology, and rediscovering the world through the eyes of his daughter Evie.
Stephanie Kampf
Stephanie Kampf, PhD
Assistant Professor, Watershed Science
Dr. Kampf's research encompasses multiple aspects of physical hydrology. Using both field measurements and hydrologic process models, she explores dynamic connections between water and energy fluxes in the subsurface and atmosphere.
Bella Oleksy
Graduate Student, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Bella's interests lie in the interface between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and understanding how global climate change alters the sensitive alpine ecosystems in the Rocky Mountain West. The focus of her PhD research is on the interactive effects of nitrogen deposition and climate warming on primary productivity in low-nutrient lakes. My main study system is the Loch Vale watershed, which is home to a few alpine and subalpine lakes which are currently experiencing attached algal blooms during the growing season. I am interested in the abiotic and biotic controls on algal growth in these low-nutrient systems as well as how primary productivity has changed in these lakes over time and under different climatic regimes.

Thank you volunteers!
We are truly grateful for the volunteers who have helped collect samples over the years. The Loch Vale research program would not be possible without their enthusiasm and assistance.