Like a hippopotamus in Lake Tanganyika, my dissertation research is big, hot, and wet. By big, I mean that I work with tiny intertidal barnacles and the snails that eat them (this is already a flawed simile). By hot, I mean that I address interesting ecological problems relevant to climate change. I use physiology and community ecology to understand how species interactions respond to warming, and what the population consequences of those responses may be. As for wet, my study system isn't always wet—the rocky intertidal zone is half-land half-sea, which means double the fun.
In sum, how does warming affect species interactions and population dynamics of intertidal organisms?
To address that question, I'm using experiments and mathematical models, two approaches that build on my research experiences as a PhD candidate at UW and as an undergraduate at UCLA. I migrate between Seattle and Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island.
Stay tuned as I wrestle this hippopotamus and learn its secrets.
The insects of Taipei probably still have me on their wanted list...I loved catching butteflies as a child. The critters of the Silicon Valley watched me grow up and have since focused their attention elsewhere; same with the animals at UCLA. Recently, the intertidal invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest seem to have noticed me—especially the barnacles, who despite their illiteracy tell some excellent ecological stories.