I am a coastal ecologist and broadly interested in the science-policy interface and applied research that can be used to support policy and management decisions. I am currently a Sea Grant Knauss Fellow in NOAA – National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Marine Spatial Ecology Division, Biogeography Branch. I serve as a marine ecologist and support various project devoted to providing sound research to help make policy decisions. Specifically, I help with fish movement projects in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands and off the coast of Georgia. I also aid our mapping team on seafloor mapping and multibeam bathymetry cruises. Additionally, I support our species distribution modeling efforts.
I graduated with my B.S. from Florida State University – Go Noles – and recently finished my M.S. at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, working with Dr. David S. Johnson. My master’s research focused on understanding how consumers indirectly influence salt marsh geomorphic processes, through their interactions with salt marsh plants (i.e. herbivory and facilitation). Salt marsh persistence in the face of accelerated sea level rise relies on vertical accretion and landward migration. Geomorphic processes are the underlying foundation of vertical accretion. With a hot spot of accelerated sea level rise on the northeast coast of the United States, understanding the role of consumers in these processes is vital to predicting the resilience of salt marshes in this region.