Becca Eckert

  • Becca Eckert
  • Position: Ph.D. Student, Entomology
  • Expected Graduation Date: 2019
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  • Office: 4124 Plant Sciences

Research Interests

My research interests lie within the realm of community and ecosystem aquatic ecology. My research examines how changes in light and nutrient availability affect macroinvertebrate growth and diversity (especially functional diversity) in heterotrophic headwater streams as mediated by changes in leaf-associated algal quantity and quality.


  • Fall 2014 to Spring 2019 (expected)
  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742
  • Degree Program: Ph.D., Entomology
  • Advisor: Dr. William O. Lamp
  • M.S. 2012
  • The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802
  • Degree Program: Wildlife and Fisheries Science
  • Thesis: An experimental approach to evaluate effects of nutrients and median consumers on stream trophic dynamics
  • B.S. 2009
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA 19530
  • Major: Biology, with a concentration in Organismal Biology and Ecology
  • Minor: Chemistry


  • Eckert, RA & HJ Carrick. 2014. Evidence for consumer regulation of biofilm-nutrient interactions among hardwater streams (Pennsylvania, USA). Hydrobiologia 722: 183-198.
  • Carrick, HJ, KL Dananay, RA Eckert, & KJ Price. 2012. Decomposition during autumn foliage leaf-fall in wetland situated along a biogeochemical gradient in Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 27: 1-17. (Editor’s Choice Article)