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As an experimental ecologist, I have used sea anemones as a model system to study algal-invertebrate symbioses and tradeoffs between sexual and asexual reproduction. I also work on the biology of invasions of non-indigenous species. Work on invasions has included regional rapid assessment surveys of non-indigenous marine invertebrates, prevention of new invasions through innovative public education efforts, and evaluations of host specificity as a guiding principle in the environmental safety of biological pest control. Other projects include strategy for integrating science, policy, and commmunication in marine conservation specifically, and environmental science more generally. Finally, I am in the early stages of a new book project on the history of human interactions with marine invertebrates.
While I am an adjunct faculty member in Biology, my primary academic appointment since 2006 has been in the School of Marine Affairs. Before returning to Seattle in 2004, I cofounded the Environmental Science degree program at the UW Tacoma campus, where I was the first biologist hired on campus. Currently, I direct the UW Program on the Environment's varied interdisciplinary initiatives at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I am an experimental ecologist whose field research and teaching occurs on the spectacularly diverse rocky shores of the Pacific Northwest. In recent years my research has evolved from basic science to applied work on invasive species biology, policy, and outreach. My teaching extends beyond invertebrates and intertidal ecology to include population biology and ecological theory, evolution, conservation, environmental studies, and marine affairs. I have engaged in a wide range of service and leadership roles inside the university and with the community. As a 2004 Fellow of the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program, I have strong interests in communication of environmental science to the media and diverse stakeholders. Much of my current work concerns best practices in university-level environmental education, especially when it is transdisciplinary and field-based. In my \"spare time\""
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