My research interests focus on applying emerging tools in spatial ecology to the foraging behavior of higher trophic level marine vertebrates in order to make conservation-minded conclusions. I am passionate about integrating developing technologies into scientific frameworks that will inform marine predator dynamics and quantify their relationships with complex oceanographic features. I believe strongly that modern biological research has an obligation to promote ecosystem-based values while also being practical and grounded in common managerial goals.
In conjunction with spatial analytics, pertinent topics within marine ecology that I investigate include evaluating the adequacy of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), assessing seabird vulnerability to offshore energy infrastructure, exploring predator-prey relationships, and habitat modeling. Given the complex, dynamic, and hierarchical interactions frequently occurring in marine systems, integrating data at multiple spatial, temporal, and trophic scales is invaluable to understanding oceanic environments.
- Clemson University, Ph.D. candidate, 2017-present
- San José State University, M.S., 2017
- Miami University, B.S., 2013