• Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Ecology and Integrative Biology
  • Ph.D. University of California Davis 2015
  • Department of Biology
  • Temple University

Over 3 billion people worldwide depend on coastal marine ecosystems for food, and yet these ecosystems are increasingly threatened by global changes driven by human activity, including increases in extreme weather events, predator declines, and the introduction of non-indigenous species. My research examines how interactions among species in these systems affect how marine communities resist or respond to such stressors, and by doing so, helps inform conservation priorities. My dissertation investigated how habitat-forming species like mussels and seaweeds on rocky shores buffer other organisms from high-temperature stresses. I found that these interactions can overturn typical predictions of climate-driven range shifts that rely on large-scale rather than habitat-level data. As a postdoc, I'm working collaboratively with the BIOVISION project led by Dr. Amy Freestone, working in bays stretching from Panama to Alaska. We are asking how predation and competition influence community dynamics and patterns of species' invasions across latitude. I'm also passionate about diversifying Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and increasing science's accessibility and public engagement.