Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
I am a community ecologist studying the impact of the environment on species interactions in nature. I'm especially interested in the ecology and evolution of disease and the role of habitat-forming species in ecosystems. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Matthew Ogburn at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, my research focuses on the ecology of the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, in the Chesapeake Bay. I study the reef habitat they form, the impact of restoration and management, and species interactions, including host-parasite interactions that lead to disease. Much of my work has also focused on co-infection and environmental determinants of disease in corals on reefs in Puerto Rico. Understanding and conserving foundation species is a uniting theme of my work.
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In addition to my research on corals, I've also worked on lobsters, cattle, sea stars and eelgrass. I'm interested in understanding species interactions and their impact on ecosystem health and function in many different systems!