I am a phycologist and aquatic ecologist. Some of my interests are in the use of algae as ecological indicators, species distribution modelling, and harmful algal bloom (HAB) dynamics. My background spans studies of phytoplankton, periphyton, and macroalgae across marine, freshwater, and wetland environments. Currently, my research is focused on cyanobacteria HABs in freshwaters. I use a combination of observational and experimental approaches to understand patterns and drivers of HAB dynamics. I perform quantitative taxonomic analysis by microscopy to characterize whole algal assemblages and culture species of interest to answer species-specific questions.
Education and Certifications
Doctor of Philosophy, Biological Sciences Apr 2018 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences
Master of Science, Coastal Science Aug 2013 - University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory
Certificate in Geographic Information Technology Aug 2013 - University of Southern Mississippi, Department of Geography
Bachelor of Science, Biology Apr 2009 - Florida International University, Department of Biological Sciences