I am a PhD candidate in Biology at the University of Washington. My research uses an ecosystem-based approach to understand the effects of environmental change on aquatic organisms and species interactions. In my dissertation I am integrating oceanography and benthic ecology in coastal estuaries and marine ecosystems. This theme has developed through a diversity of research projects in freshwater, marine, urban, polar, pelagic, nearshore and subtidal ecosystems. From these projects I have gained an appreciation for environmental variability and the lessons we can learn from observing it. My work is based in largely in the field and involves a healthy dose of observation with a lavish splash of experimentation.

This ecosystem-based approach requires a range of techniques to test alternate hypotheses in complex systems. I use a variety of tools in my research that have been developed in collaboration with researchers at universities, government agencies, and consulting firms. Research projects have included the use of:


- Stable Isotope and fatty acid biomarkers

- Carbonate chemistry analysis

- Physiological experiments and modeling

- Species surveys

- In Situ environmental manipulations and experiments

- Multivariate Statistical Analyses