My research program focuses on the interactions among immunology, toxicology, disease ecology, and ecosystem health.
I analyze the physiologic and metabolic effects of stressors on organisms and how subsequent vulnerabilities translate into population and ecosystem health. Stressors can be either chemical (pesticides, petroleum hydrocarbons), physical (e.g., elevated water temperature), or biological (toxins, pathogens). My long-term goal is to better understand the effects of anthropogenic and natural stressors on individuals and how those stressors are reflected in an individual organism’s fitness (survival and reproduction), the population level effects of differential survival and reproduction of individuals, and the ecosystem level effects of population change.
- Nearshore marine ecosystem health
- Conservation biology
- Individual and population level susceptibility
Ecologist, U. S. Geological Survey, 2004–present
Assistant Project Scientist, UC Davis, 2005– 2009
Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Davis, 2003-2004
Post Graduate Researcher, UC Davis. 1998-2003
Post Graduate Researcher, UC Davis, 1998
Research Assistant, UC Davis, 1996
Teaching Assistant, UC Davis, 1994-1996
Education and Certifications
Ph.D., Ecology, University of California, Davis. 2003.
Thesis: Immunogenetics in the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus): evolution of the major histocompatibility complex under differential
Master of Science, Ecology, University of California, Davis. 1995.
Thesis: Defenses of insular endemic plants in the absence of herbivory
Bachelor of Arts, Biology. University of California, Santa Cruz. 1989.