Stephanie Parker

Research Scientist, Aquatic Ecologist

NEON Headquarters


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1685 38th Street
Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301
United States

About Stephanie

Stephanie is an aquatic ecologist working in the Aquatic Observation System team. Her work at NEON ranges across the aquatic data products, including aquatic microbial sequencing and cell counts, algae (periphyton and phytoplankton) taxonomy and chemistry, aquatic plant taxonomy and chemistry, macroinvertebrate taxonomy and metabarcoding, zooplankton taxonomy and metabarcoding, lake secchi and depth profile data, and stream rapid habitat morphology data, as well as support for the fish data products. Stephanie can help with questions related to field collection protocols, external lab analysis, data quality and availability, and documentation for any of these data products.

Stephanie has a B.A. in Biology from Middlebury College (1999), M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Biology from the University of Maine (2004), and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama (2008), where she examined the effects of natural disturbance on headwater stream communities on the North Slope of Alaska. This research examined the effects of flooding and freezing on stream communities using food web metrics across Arctic streams. Stephanie's post-doctoral research at the University of Alabama focused on the effects of seasonality on algal communities in a spring-fed stream in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Stephanie is particularly interested in outreach and has mentored local high school students in Boulder for their senior projects since starting at NEON in 2010.

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National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)