Update: In Dec. 2017 I will join the faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Florida State University. I am recruiting 1-2 excellent graduate students for fall of 2018! See opportunities for more details.
I am a marine ecologist & quantitative biologist.
I study population dynamics with a focus on marine species. I am interested in how environmental and species interactions regulate fluctuations in demographics (i.e. recruitment, growth, reproduction & mortality) and how fisheries management impacts dynamics in space and time. My research integrates field & laboratory experiments, field surveys, statistical analysis, quantitative theory and simulation modeling.
Focal research taxa include sea urchins, macroalgae, forage fish, reef fish and abalone. Core research locations include the oceans surrounding the Great Bear Rainforest (British Columbia), the Gwaii Haanas National Marine Conservation Area (British Columbia), southeast Alaska, and Southern California.
I participate in several large interdisciplinary collaborative groups such as the Hakai Institute, the Ocean Modeling Forum Herring Working Group, the Santa Barbara Coastal (SBC) and Moorea Coral Reef (MCR) Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) programs, and the Global Impacts of Climate Change on Kelp Forest Ecosystems working group at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
I received my Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution & Marine Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MSc in Fisheries Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
I am also a fan of innovative, if not unorthodox, ways of solving problems…