As a scientist, I am driven to establish collaborative teams that span multiple disciplines to solve basic mysteries of natural history. My research utilizes natural variation to understand ecosystem function. Through a basic understanding of ecosystem processes at multiple scales of organization, I hope to improve our collective ability to support healthy ecosystem function in the future.
Prior to starting my PHD in Seattle, I worked at the Friday Harbor Labs in the San Juan Islands, WA, as a lab manager for an NSF funded research group (Subsidy Lab!). Before my time at FHL, I completed a Master's degree in the Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These diverse perspectives have given me an apprecation for,
and a unique approach to, ecology. Ecological interactions are inherently context-dependent, a context defined by the environment. My work focuses on understanding the influence of environmental
variability on ecological interactions.
My focus on observation and natural variability presents many opportunities for teaching and mentoring. I strive to become a better teacher and make every effort to involve younger researchers in my work whenever possible.