I am a fish ecologist and conservation biologist . I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia in the Byers Ecology Lab.
I have a variety of interests that span the realm of fisheries and community ecology. I am especially interested in understanding how spatial and temporal variation in aquatic habitats affects fish communities and energy flows to marine systems. My current research focuses on 1) how environmental stressors affect oyster reef structure, function and disease dynamics across space and time and 2) how rocky reef fish communities responded to the implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the California coast
I completed my PhD in Ecology at UNC Chapel Hill and UNC Institute of Marine Sciences in the spring of 2020. Prior to graduate school, I received a BS in Biology at the College of William and Mary, and worked as a research technician at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
I believe that equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces and communities enhance the pursuit of knowledge, foster creativity, and amplify success across all parts of life. I am committed to grounding myself in and furthering my anti-racism education in order to transform and liberate all learning environments, academic and research communities I am part of to be inclusive and equitable for Black and non-Black people of color, people of all abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations.