Zach Nickerson

Ecologist II, Aquatic Biogeochemistry & Hydrology



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

About Zach

Zach has a background in sediment biogeochemistry in a variety of aquatic ecosystems including streams, wetlands, and estuaries. Past research includes the analysis of metal and phosphorus contamination in urban wetlands and study of the effects of functional traits and community structure of freshwater and marine bivalves on nitrogen cycling in their respective ecosystems. As a member of the NEON aquatics team, Zach has used his skill in R to develop quality assurance/quality check (QAQC) analyses for many of NEON's biogeochemical and hydrologic data products and improve NEON's systems for sample management and reporting data availability. He also works with a team to develop and maintain R code to implement a Bayesian model for building hydrologic models to estimate continuous discharge, including development of public-facing code and applications to access and interpret NEON's hydrology data. Zach also authors the sampling protocols for NEON's aquatic surface and groundwater stable isotopes and sediment chemical and physical properties.

Zach joined the NEON team in November 2019. He earned his M.S. in Biology in 2018 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry in 2015 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.

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National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)