I am originally from southeastern Pennsylvania. I grew up exploring the forests around Brandywine Creek, a small tributary of the Delaware River Estuary. I studied environmental sciences and geology at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where my interest in wetlands was solidified. I went on to complete my master's and doctoral degrees at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR with Rob Wheatcroft investigating the drivers of Oregon salt marsh growth. I worked with Shreeram Inamdar studying geomorphology and sediment biogeochemistry of rivers impacted by Colonial Era milldams as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware.
Currently, I am an ORISE postdoctoral researcher at the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center in Amherst, MA studying Northeast salt marsh resilience and developing guidelines for restoration prioritization. My foremost professional interests include advancing societally-relevant science relating to coastal change; broadening participation of under-represented groups in STEM; bridging communication gaps between scientists and the public; and improving upon teaching techniques with the goal of inspiring critical inquiry amongst students.
When I am not in the field, lab, office, or classroom, I enjoy many outdoor activities that get me closer to sedimentary rocks and mud. I'm also an avid reader (especially anything fantasy), and I enjoy painting, sewing, and cooking.
ORISE Postdoctoral Researcher, Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center & Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (October 2022 - present)
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware (May 2021 - October 2022)
Ph.D., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (June 2021)
Graduate Certificate in College & University Teaching, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (September 2019)
M.S., Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (June 2017)
B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA (May 2014)
Peck, E.K., S. Inamdar, M. Peipoch, & A. Gold. (in review). Influence of relict milldams on riparian sediment biogeochemistry.
Inamdar, S., E.K. Peck, M. Peipoch, M. Sherman, J. Hripto, A. Gold, … & T. Trammell. (in review). Saturated, suffocated, and salty: Human legacies amplify nitrogen pollution in riparian zones.
Bacmeister, E., E.K. Peck, S. Bernasconi, S. Inamdar, J. Kan, & M. Peipoch. (2022). Stream nitrogen uptake associated with suspended sediments: a microcosm study.
Peck, E.K., T.P. Guilderson, M.H. Walczak, & R.A. Wheatcroft. (2022). Recovery rate of a salt marsh from the 1700 CE Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, Netarts Bay, Oregon. Geophysical Research Letters. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022GL099115
Peck, E.K., S. Inamdar, M. Sherman, J. Hripto, M. Peipoch, A. Gold, & K. Addy. (2022). Nitrogen sinks or sources? Denitrification and nitrogen removal potential in riparian legacy sediment terraces affected by milldams. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022JG007004
Sherman, M., J. Hripto, E.K. Peck, A. Gold, M. Peipoch, P. Imhoff, & S. Inamdar. (2022). Backed-up, saturated, and stagnant: Effect of milldams on upstream riparian groundwater hydrologic and mixing regimes. Water Resources Research. https://doi.org/10.1029/2022WR033038
Peck, E.K. & R.A. Wheatcroft. (2022). Spatiotemporal variation in Oregon salt marsh expansion and contraction. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2022.107908
Buser-Young, J.Z., E.K. Peck, P. Chase, L. Lapham, & F. Colwell. (2022). Biogeochemical dynamics of a changing high-latitude wetland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JG006584
Hripto, J., S. Inamdar, M. Sherman, E.K. Peck, A. Gold, S. Bernasconi, K. Addy, & M. Peipoch. (2022). Effects of relic-low-head dams on stream denitrification: Seasonality and biogeochemical controls. Aquatic Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00027-022-00894-z
Krieg, C., E. Johnson, E.K. Peck, J. Kan, & S. Inamdar. (2021). After the Storm: Fate and Leaching of Particulate Nitrogen (PN) in the Fluvial Network and the Influence of Watershed Sources and Moisture Conditions. Water. https://doi.org/10.3390/w13223182
Lewis, E., S. Inamdar, A. Gold, K. Addy, T. Trammell, D. Merritts, ... & E.K. Peck. (2021). Draining the landscape: How do nitrogen concentrations in riparian groundwater and stream water change following milldam removal? Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JG006444
Ewton, E., S. Klasek, E.K. Peck, & F. Colwell. (2021). Microbial community characteristics largely unaffected by X-ray computed tomography of sediment cores. Environmental Science & Technology Letters. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2021.584676
Peck, E.K., R.A. Wheatcroft, & L.S. Brophy. (2020). Controls on sediment accretion and blue carbon burial in salt marshes: Insights from the Oregon coast, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019JG005464