I am a marine ecologist who specializes in using sclerochronology and ecogeochemistry to investigate the modern and historical ecology of marine megafauna. My research broadly seeks to identify the natural and anthropogenic drivers of life history variation in marine vertebrates, and to quantify their influence on species demographic rates and population dynamics. As a result, I engage in both basic and applied research, typically in species of conservation or management concern. My interests are diverse and encompass animal trophic and movement ecology, marine geochemistry, and population ecology.
I am currently a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography working with Dr. Kelton McMahon. Using multiple research collections and cutting edge molecular geochemistry techniques, we will examine how human-induced changes in food web structure influenced the trophic dynamics of marine mammals and sea turtles over the past century.
My doctoral research at Oregon State University centered one elucidating the environmental factors influential to sea turtle somatic growth rates and population dynamics. This research focused on the study of sea turtle humerus bones, which contain annual records of body size, age, growth, diet, and habitat use.
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