Hello! My name is Will Chen, and I am a graduate student working with Dr. Julian D. Olden in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management (QERM) program at the University of Washington. I am interested in freshwater ecology, mathematical modeling, and optimization. My research aims to simultaneously answer basic ecological questions and provide mathematical tools to help us manage our natural resources. Currently, I focus on how riverine fishes respond to stream flow and on developing tools for improving the efficiency of water management in dam-regulated rivers. Check out my Projects page to learn more!
In addition, I strongly believe that excellent science is intimately tied with excellent science communication. As a side project, I design games for science education. I’m currently working on a cooperative board game that invites players to manage cities in the face of increasingly severe climate change impacts.