I recently completed my Ph.D. in Oceanography, working under the supervision of Lisa Levin in the Integrative Oceanography Division. My research focuses on community structure and dynamics at methane seeps, especially in regards to macrofauna associated with carbonates and other hard substrates. Field work involved oceanographic sampling and experiments at deep-sea methane seeps utilizing submersibles and ROVs. In addition, I was chief scientist of a student-led cruise (SDCoastEx), during which we discovered a new methane seep off the San Diego coast. Currently, I teach Oceanography at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA, and a Biology laboratory at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, CA.
Thesis: Purple sea urchins in and out of pits: the effects of microhabitat on population structure, morphology, growth, and mortality
Thesis: Correlations between the foundation species Mytilus edulis and infauna and epifauna across spatial scales in a soft-bottom system in Maine