Jacquelyn Duke holds a Ph.D. in Biology, with an emphasis in stream ecology and dendrochronology, from Baylor University. She has an MA in Biology from Baylor, and a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from California State University, Stanislaus. She’s currently a Lecturer at Baylor University, and a member of Baylor’s Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research (CRASR), where she is the resident riparian researcher. She developed her love of trees and water and trees that love water while growing up on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country that encompassed the headwaters to two different watersheds. As a grad student she was playing around with some of her advisor’s equipment and happened to sample some trees back home. The realization that her first awareness of the widespread 1950’s drought – and the extreme devastation it had caused, was “told” to her by the trees led her to pursue dendrochronology as a way of learning riparian histories. Her current research focuses on stream and riparian ecohydrology, particularly the interplay between trees, streams, and human impacts. In her spare time she loves helping band Eastern Screech Owls like the one in her Bio picture.