Global Change Biology & Ecophysiology
Exploring drivers of variability in organismal and ecosystem responses to global change.
As a postdoctoral scholar in the Biology Department at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), I study how local and global environmental changes affect ecologically valuable ecosystems, including coral and oyster reefs. I pair in situ environmental and community observations with controlled laboratory experiments to understand:
1) the effects of environmental stressors (e.g., ocean acidification, warming, nutrient pollution) on the ecophysiology of foundation species,
2) the implications of differential susceptibility of foundation species for community structure in the future, and
3) the role of ocean deoxygenation as an emerging stressor that threatens the persistence of some coral reefs.