Point Lobos diving

Alexa Rosendale (left) and myself (right) about to conduct research at Weston Cove at Point Lobos State Marine Reserve. Summer 2014.

Galapagos Diving

Laura Dee (right) and myself (left) conducting research in the Galápagos archipelago. Summer 2008.

I am a PhD student in the Stachowicz Lab at the University of California – Davis. I work at the interface of behavioral and community ecology to address the effectiveness of marine management practices. For my dissertation, I have investigated how individual variation in feeding traits influence species function across a community assemblage of mobile, kelp forest herbivores. My current research addresses the impacts of fishing and SCUBA diving on flight responses of kelp forest predatory fishes, and the role of marine reserves in mitigating these impacts. In future, I seek to incorporate additional behavioral measures to gauge the long-term effectiveness of reserves.