Professor Burchsted is a research scientist and professional engineer who works at the intersection of aquatic ecology, fluvial geomorphology, and water resources engineering. Her research focuses on the structure of rivers and wetlands, and she uses this research to help set appropriate targets for river and wetland restoration.
The presence and impact of natural barriers in rivers, such as beaver dams and log jams, is particularly important to her research. Professor Burchsted uses that research to recommend improvements to modern river management that can mimic the structure-and corresponding functions—that have been lost due to the industrialization of rivers.
Ph.D., Geoscience, 2013, University of Connecticut. M.F.S., Coastal and Watershed Systems, 1999, Yale University. B.S., Civil Engineering, 1994, University of Connecticut.