I am broadly interested in understanding mechanisms of ecosystem resilience. Currently, I am working to further our knowledge of interactions between humans and ecosystems in order to better inform conservation of coral reefs and lake biodiversity in a changing environment. I do this by conducting research expeditions, using statistical modelling to disentangle large data sets, and implementing genomic and bioinformatic approaches to support conservation decisions.
Currently, I am a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Scholar in the Wood Lab at the University of Washington. My research focuses on using coral reef fish parasites as bioindicators of environmental change. Specifically, I am investigating how oceanographic drivers during the 2015/2016 El Niño influenced fish-associated parasite assemblages. I am also using the metabolic theory of ecology to assess energy lost to parasites in temperate lake ecosystems.
I conducted my PhD in the Baum Lab at the University of Victoria, where my thesis research focused on how human and environmental impacts affect interactions between corals, their symbiotic algae (family Symbiodiniaceae), and associated microbes.
I am an open science advocate, and a R-enthusiast. See my collaborative projects on GitHub.
When I'm not working on my research, I like to swim, garden, hike, and SCUBA dive.