Ph.D. expected 2016; M.S. MIT-WHOI Joint Program 2011; B.S. Brown University 2008
I am a graduate student based out of the Darling Marine Center. I am interested in reproductive ecology and how that affects larger processes like demography, ecosystem functioning, evolution and conservation.
I am very invested in science communication and in an effort to help myself and other graduate students learn how to write well, I've started a blog, STRICTLYFISHWRAP. I also believe humor is a very useful tool in communicating and sharing science (http://www.colbertnation.com/articles/scallops).
Aside from the wonders of science, I particularly enjoy reading fiction, maritime history, and writing. I also love athletics that include Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Roller Derby, Ice Hockey, Rowing and Sailing.
My dissertation research focuses on fertilization dynamics of scallop populations. I conduct experiments both in the field and in the lab that includes the use of a flume. Flow dynamics and fertilization assays are particular focuses in my work with broadcast spawners. Although the bulk of my dissertation is on scallops, I plan on expanding to other systems within my Ph.D.
I am broadly interested in reproductive ecology, larval biology, biological interactions with physical environments, marine protected resources and conservation, population connectivity and spatial modeling.
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