seagrass    homogenizing    experiment

As an ecosystem ecologist, I have a broad interest in evaluating the anthropogenic modification of aquatic ecosystems in order to understand and better manage threatened biological communities. My work has focused specifically on tracking the influence of both natural and anthropogenic nutrient inputs on island-associated coral reef ecosystems, rocky intertidal seagrass communities, and stream food webs.

My doctoral research in the Coastal Conservation Action Lab with Dr. Don Croll and Dr. Bernie Tershy at UC Santa Cruz involved assessing the influence of seabirds on coral reefs, two of the most threatened marine communities. I describe this research in the attached video from the UC Santa Cruz Three Minute Thesis competition, where I received runner up.