I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island in the laboratory of Dr. Carol Thornber studying a wide range of topics related to macroalgae ecology. In particular, I am conducting research on the ecology and physiology of bloom-forming seaweeds. My overall research goals include understanding the processes shaping marine communities, determining the physiological mechanisms to cope with environmental stresses, and developing seaweed aquaculture in the United States.
I completed my Ph.D. in Plant Biology at the University of New Hampshire in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher D. Neefus in May 2014. My Ph.D. research focused on seaweed physiology and aquaculture, with the goal of providing scientific data that advanced the growing seaweed aquaculture industry in New England. In particular, my research efforts were focused on red seaweeds in the genus Porphyra and Pyropia, more commonly known by the Japanese name “nori”. Nori is the most economically valuable seaweed in the world and you may recognize nori as the seaweed wrapper in sushi.
From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by the ocean and the mysteries that it holds. My research interests cover a broad range of topics including the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, the impacts of introduced/non-native species on native faunas and floras, and seaweed physiology and aquaculture. I am especially interested in using cutting edge technology, such as RNAseq, to address questions related to physiology and ecology of seaweeds. I believe that maintaining an active dialogue with the broader scientific community, interested stakeholders, and the public is the key to bridging the gap between science and society.
Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire, 2014
Research Focus: Seaweed (nori) physiology and aquaculture
M.S. in Marine Biology, Northeastern University, 2009
Research Focus: Kelp forest ecology
B.S. in Biology, Northeastern University, 2008
Research Focus: Harmful algal blooms, algal physiology