I recently earned my Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Irvine. My first stop on the post-graduate tour was at ASLO, where I was a science communication intern in fall 2016. Currently, I am a Scientist-in-Residence Fellow at Shoals Marine Lab where I am studying how stress affects reproductive effort in seaweeds and mentoring undergraduate research interns.
My research interests are broad but generally fit into two main categories (1) how environmental variation affects organisms and (2) how organismal and population variation influence community and ecosystem processes. As such, I tend to use interdisciplinary approaches to address my hypotheses and explore questions at a variety of biological scales from molecules to ecosystems. My dissertation in the Bracken Lab examined how environmental variation at multiple spatial scales interact to affect phenotypic differentiation within seaweed populations.
I view myself as equal parts communicator, teacher, and scientist, and participate in a variety of educational communication and outreach programs. I am looking forward to a career that integrates these passions.