I am currently interested in feedbacks between nearshore benthic communities and coastal oceanographic dynamics. Carbonate chemistry in coastal marine systems is controlled by a complex
mixture of biological and physical processes. I'm investigating how these processes interact to produce variability in the conditions coastal plants and animals experience, and what this
variability means for these organisms.
Ongoing projects will investigate the interplay of nutritional condition with environmental stressors to native and non-native species of oysters (Ostrea lurida and Crassostrea
gigas, respectively). I will combine measurements of environmental parameters including temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen and pH with morphological and physiological (fatty acid
composition) analyses of oyster performance. One factor being investigated is the effect of habitat-modifying macrophytes (eelgrass, Zostera marina, specifically) on the environmental
elements determining the health of these oysters. Stay tuned for updates!
Other ongoing research includes: