Joel is a research ecologist with the coastal processes group currently examining and modelling biotic and abiotic processes controlling marsh, mangrove and seagrass resilience to climate change.
Joel is a research ecologist who provides modeling expertise and insight into coastal system dynamics ranging from building small detailed processed-based models to development and application broader more integrative models. These models are used to generate novel hypotheses, understand complex interacting behaviors within and across systems, and demonstrate potential future outcomes.
2016 – present Research Ecologist, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
2019 – 2020 Lecturer John Hopkins University AAP, Hydrology and Water Resources
2016 – 2020 Visiting Scholar, University of Virginia, Department of Environmental Sciences
2015-2016 Research Ecologist, Post doc, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
2011-2015 Research Scientist, Post doc, University of Virginia
Education and Certifications
Ph.D. Aug. 2011 University of Virginia Dept. of Environmental Science, Dissertation: Stability and Resilience of Seagrasses in Shallow Coastal Bays
M.A.T. May 2005 Pacific University. Endorsements: Advanced Mathematics and Integrated Science, High School and Middle Level
M.S. January 2002 University of Virginia Dept. of Environmental Science, Thesis: The Effects of Flocculation on Contaminant Sorption during Resuspension Events on the Continental Shelf
B.A. May 1999 University of Virginia, Majors: Mathematics, Environmental Science