I am a marine ecologist who studies how natural and human stressors affect ecological dynamics across spatial, temporal, and biological scales. As a result, I investigate questions at the intersection of animal behavior, population biology, community ecology, and global change. My work is primarily focused on identifying (1) relationships between resource use and population attributes, (2) drivers of variation in trophic interactions and life history traits (e.g., growth rates), and (3) cumulative effects of multiple stressors on population and community dynamics. Much of my recent work centers on the integration of ecogeochemistry, sclerochronology, and quantitative modeling to study past and present food webs so that we can better predict ecological responses to future ecosystem changes. I also often study threatened, protected, and/or cryptic species to build fundamental knowledge pertinent to their conservation and management.
I am currently an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography working with Dr. Kelton McMahon. My postdoctoral research is examining how climate- and fisheries-induced ecosystem change influenced the trophic dynamics of marine top predators—marine mammals, sea turtles, fish—over the past century. This work centers on the integration of museum archives (e.g., Smithsonian NMNH, NOAA), time series analysis, and compound-specific stable isotope analysis of amino acids (CSIA-AA) to investigate the sources and cycling of energy in past and present marine food webs.
In 2022, I will be joining Dr. Julia Baum's lab at the University of Victoria as a Hess Postdoctoral Research Fellow to study the interactive effects of human disturbance and marine heatwaves on coral reef fish trophic dynamics.
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