From a young age, I’ve been fascinated by the ocean and the mysteries that it holds. During my college career I developed a passion for studying seaweeds. Seaweeds are important foundation species, which provide habitat and structure for countless organisms and serve as the base of many food webs. Seaweeds also provide valuable ecosystem services including the extraction of excess nutrients from coastal waters. My research interests cover a broad range of applied seaweed research topics including sustainable aquaculture, the ecology of seaweed blooms, the impacts of introduced/non-native species on native faunas and floras. 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.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of New Hampshire in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher D. Neefus in May 2014. My Ph.D. research focused on aquaculture of 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. Learn more about my dissertation research here.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island in the laboratory of Dr. Carol Thornber conducting applied seaweed research. My interdisciplinary research focuses on two main subjects: seaweed aquaculture and seaweed blooms. In particular, I am conducting research on the ecology and physiology of bloom-forming seaweeds. Please click on the links above to learn more about my current research projects.
Ph.D. Plant Biology, University of New Hampshire, 2014
Research Focus: Seaweed (nori) aquaculture
M.Sc. Marine Biology, Northeastern University, 2010 (Three Seas Program)
Research Focus: Kelp forest ecology
B.S. Biology, Northeastern University, 2008
Research Focus: Harmful algal blooms, algal physiology