I am a second year Ph.D student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. My research interests are largely motivated by a desire to better understand how anthropogenic activities are altering marine ecosystems. My dissertation work at UCSC will assess resistance and recovery mechanisms in kelp forest ecosystems with the aim of furthering understanding of reef resilience in the face of climate change.
I'm a first year graduate student focused on community ecology and coastal sustainability questions. I study seagrass ecosystems, and how the function and services of these ecosystems will be impacted by climate change and anthropogenic impacts to the coast. I am committed to sharing my results with resource managers, and with local schools and communities.
As a first year PhD student, my research interests are fairly extensive, but I’m broadly interested in the response of marine systems to “novel environments”, which can encompass anything from changes in temperature and carbonate chemistry to eutrophication and invasive species. In my dissertation research, I hope to investigate how changing environmental factors are affecting coastal, subtidal ecosystems at different ecological levels, and how these impacts may relate to societal issues.
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I am a undergraduate Marine Biology major and Chemistry minor. As such, I am interested in researching trophic dynamics in the context of global change and conservation biology, and hope to use the skills I've learned in this lab in grad school (and beyond). My other interests include reading, drawing, and exploring!