I’m a marine ecologist at Oregon State University working in the lab of Dr. Bruce Menge. In my dissertation research, I studied the influence of environmental context on species interactions with the goal of better understanding how climate change will affect biological communities. I studied this topic using a whelk predator feeding on mussel and barnacle prey in the rocky intertidal ecosystem along the coast of Oregon. I have also studied the ecological consequences of sea star wasting disease, which first appeared on the coast of Oregon in 2014. I’m interested in whether other predators in the system will respond to drastic declines in the keystone sea star Pisaster ochraceus due to the disease.
Besides research, I have a passion for science policy and how science can best inform policy and management decisions. I also enjoy sharing my science with the public and learning about science communication and engagement.