Community Ecology Scaled to Ecosystem Dynamics
Tracking the health of kelp forest ecosystems
Evaluating causal mechanisms
Projecting future scenarios
Understand how ecosystems change by using experimental and observational ecology
I am a Ph.D. Candidate and NSF Graduate Research Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I study species interactions that shape the structure and function of marine communities. I am interested in relationships between landscape features, disturbance regimes, and predator-prey interactions that contribute to underlying organization and geographic variation in kelp forest communities. In all aspects of my research I strive to incorporate theoretical concepts with rigorous empirical tests. I am particularly interested in the underlying factors of stability and resiliency in kelp forest ecosystems. Along with these ecological concepts that I am fascinated by, I deeply value academic training and mentorship of next generation scientists. I intend to apply my deep interests in ecology, academic training, and mentorship to develop innovative ways of addressing conservation and management concerns.