Christina Relyea

Hometown: Conway, Arkansas
BS: Microbiology, University of Arkansas
MS: Zoology, University of Central Arkansas

PhD: Idaho State University (2007)


Christina completed her doctoral program at the ISU Stream Ecology Center in 2007. Her Ph.D. research focus was on the mechanisms behind aquatic macroinvertebrate intolerance to fine sediment. She also developed an aquatic macroinvertebrate biomonitoring index for the northwest U.S. that will detect changes in stream ecosystem health caused by fine sediment from anthropogenic sources. Other projects included leaf decomposition rates and invertebrate communities in differing quantities of fine sediment; aquatic macroinvertebrate communities, fine sediment, and varying road densities in the Boise National Forest, Idaho; and morphological and physiological changes in aquatic macroinvertebrates following intense wildfires. Other interests include adult aquatic invertebrate dispersal patterns and colonization, aquatic insect life histories, and stream restoration and conservation. While at ISU, Christina also headed the taxonomic invertebrate identifications for the Stream Ecology Center. She was on staff for a few years of the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Station and is now an instructor at Flathead Valley Community College in northwest Montana.