About me…

I’m a PhD Candidate in Population Biology at the University of California, Davis – advised by Dr. Jay Stachowicz.  I am broadly interested in how interactions between plants and animals shape the evolution and ecology of marine systems. My dissertation research asks how ecological disturbance in the form of grazing by geese affects the number and identity of clones in a seagrass bed.  I am addressing this question through a series of manipulative field experiments and lab mesocosms in Bodega Bay, CA.

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Me mimicking geese grazing by clipping seagrass, Zostera marina, with scissors. Location: Bodega Harbor, CA. Photo credit: Jordan Hollarsmith
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The tube cape of the polycahete worm Diopatra cuprea decorated with the invasive seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla. Gracilaria is native to northeastern Japan but has invaded most of the coastlines of the temperate northern hemisphere. Location: Charleston Harbor, SC. Photo credit: Edna Diaz-Negron

Before coming to UC Davis, I completed a master’s degree with Dr. Erik Sotka at the College of Charleston.  My master’s thesis studied the ecological consequences of an interaction between a native decorator worm and an invasive seaweed.  While in Charleston, I also worked in collaboration with Dr. Stacy Krueger-Hadfield to use genetic tools to track the invasion history of the seaweed.

Prior to beginning grad school, I worked as a technician for Dr. Martha Burford-Reiskind through Cornell University and for the PISCO research group at Oregon State University.  I have a Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, where I worked in the lab of Dr. Ben Miner, and an Associate’s degree from Wenatchee Valley Community College.  As an undergrad, I also participated in a REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program with Dr. Sonya Dyhrman at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

When I am not doing science, I enjoy long walks along the coast, yoga, spending time with loved ones, and afternoon naps.  After all, rest is the paradox that brings productivity!

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Location: Bodega Bay, CA. Photo credit: Me!
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