Marine community ecology; sponge and coral reef ecology; seagrass and kelp ecology; climate change and ocean acidification; species interactions; the effects of anthropogenic stressors on ecosystem function and processes.
As a researcher with broad interests in how anthropogenic impacts affect marine ecosystems, I have developed a research program focused on studies of coral reef ecology, seagrass ecology, species interactions, and larval recruitment in the face of anthropogenically induced sedimentation, eutrophication and ocean acidification. Recently, I have become interested in how climate change and ocean acidification will influence biogenic habitat engineers and subsequently habitat complexity, and how these changes will cascade throughout the ecosystem.
AWARDS AND FUNDING
2013 - Smtihsonian Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Institute
2012 - Evan R. Liblit Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Waste Reduction and Management Institute
2011 - Lerner Gray Memorial Grant, American Museum of Natural History
2011 - Grants-in-Aid of Research, Sigma Xi
2011 - Graduate Student Fellowship, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University
2010 - Sponge Taxonomy and Ecology Course, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
2009 - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, honorable mention
2008/2009 - Deans Scholarship, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University
2008 - Best Student Oral Presentation, 37th Benthic Ecology Meeting
2007 - Frankel Foundation Scholarship, Stony Brook University
2006 - NSF (REU) Research Experience for Undergraduates, University of Alaska Southeast