Here you will find research highlights from my work, a few image libraries of the microorganisms I study as well as pictures of life at sea on a research vessel. If you are interested in joining my lab, please contact me via email or phone via the contact information below.



I am an associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). My research interests span phytoplankton physiology, nitrogen fixation, phosphorus cycling, elemental stoichiometry, harmful algal blooms, numerical approaches to modeling phytoplankton-mediated processes and utilization of remote sensing tools to explore habitat variability. Currently funded projects include a collaborative project (SCOPE) to advance our understanding of the biology, ecology and biogeochemistry of microbial processes that dominate Earth's largest biome, the global ocean as well as NSF sponsored research to understand the role of riverine inputs on coastal carbon cycling. Past projects include efforts to monitor harmful algal blooms off the Oregon coast (MOCHA), NSF funded work to investigate the nature of organic matter decomposition, and a NASA New Investigator award to improve estimates of primary productivity in the open ocean. I was also a member of the NSF-funded Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE). To learn more about my work, click on the Research Projects page (to the left). If you want to see images of life at sea aboard a research vessel click here. You might also be looking for some thoughts on plastic pollution: you'll find that on the research page as well.


Ph.D. Biological Oceanography, Oregon State University, 2006
M.S. Biology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 2001
B.S. Biology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, 1998


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office phone: (541) 737-6397
mailing address: COAS, 104 Ocean Admin Bldg Corvallis, OR 97331