Lindsey Albertson, Ph.D.

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[ALUMNA] Postdoctoral Researcher

Fluvial Geomorphology Group

Interests and Expertise

Dr. Albertson’s postdoctoral research studied biophysical interactions in river ecosystems that are heavily influenced by deforestation and urbanization. She used a combination of field and laboratory experiments to investigate how increased suspended sediment loads that result from land use change affect populations of ecosystem engineers.

Her research focused on caddisfly larvae, which are insects that produce silk structures that bind riverbed gravels together and reduce sediment mobility, and crayfish, which forage for food and increase sediment mobility. This project sought to mechanistically link species abundances and species interactions with stream geomorphology across gradients of land use change.


  • Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • B.S., Geology-Biology with Honors, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.
  • East/West Marine Biology Program, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts.

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Stroud Water Research Center, 2014-2016.
  • Science raculty, 10th Grade Biology, Jackson Hole Community School, Jackson, Wyoming, 2014.
  • Wildlife biologist and guide, Teton Science Schools, Jackson, Wyoming, 2013–2014.
  • Graduate student researcher, Salmon Restoration and Biophysical Interactions, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Teaching assistant for Lakes and Wetlands, Introductory Biology, Applied Freshwater Biology, Introductory Ecology, and River Ecology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013.
  • Research technician, Salt Marsh Vegetation and Community Ecology, University of Florida, 2007.
  • Frontiers In Biological Research Fellow, Brown University/The Max Planck Institute, 2006.
  • Teaching assistant for sedimentation and stratigraphy, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2005.
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates intern, Geosciences, The Pennsylvania State University, 2005.
  • Undergraduate teaching and research assistant, Ecology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 2004.

Stroud Center Publications

Impacts of stream riparian buffer land use on water temperature and food availability for fish

Albertson, L.K., V. Ouellet, and M.D. Daniels. 2018. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 33(1):195–210.

Resilience of aquatic net-spinning caddisfly silk structures to common global stressors

Albertson, L.K., and M.D. Daniels. 2016. Freshwater Biology 61(5):670–679.

Effects of invasive crayfish on fine sediment accumulation, gravel movement, and macroinvertebrate communities

Albertson, L.K., and M.D. Daniels. 2016. Freshwater Science 35(2):644–653.