I am a seaweed biologist interested in the ecology and evolution of seaweeds. A big portion of my research has focused on sustainable ocean farming using kelp as a model organism.
Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Connecticut, Stamford, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology under the supervision of Dr. Charles Yarish. This research is supported by a grant from the Dept. of Energy ARPA-e program with a focus on sugar kelp breeding technologies for increased yield. Our collaborators include geneticists and marine ecologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Cornell University, and the University of Alaska.
For my doctoral dissertation, I worked on a unique kelp species from the Gulf of Maine. This kelp grows on very exposed ledges and islands.
For my Master’s work at Humboldt State University, Department of Biological Sciences, I completed a floristic study on the intertidal macroalgal flora between Cape Blanco, Oregon and Cape Mendocino, California.
My Bachelor’s degree was also obtained at Humboldt State University with a major in Botany and a minor in Art.