photo © Marcos Sauceda

photo © Marcos Sauceda

Courtney Currier is a research technician focusing broadly on ecosystem ecology at Arizona State University. She conducts precipitation manipulation experiments and long-term climate studies in grasslands across North America. Currently, she works to advance our understanding of the determinants and effects of ecosystem sensitivity to drought. Previous research topics include: ecological stoichiometry (or, the balance of energy and elements among organisms and their environments) and subsidy effects of Pacific salmon in stream ecosystems. 

Because of her desire to understand ecosystem processes and the transcendental connection to the landscape in which she works, she also translates ecological data and concepts into paintings. She hopes that her artwork can inspire other scientists to think creatively about scientific design and dissemination. Courtney often fills her free time exploring natural curiosities of the Southwest and filling pages of her notebook with botanical illustrations.