Like a hippopotamus in Lake Tanganyika, my dissertation research is big, hot, and wet. By big, I mean that I work with tiny barnacles and the snails that eat them (this is a flawed simile). By hot, I mean that I investigate problems relevant to climate change. I integrate ecology across levels of orgnaization to study how warming affects individuals, populations, and communities. 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 do populations and community interactions respond to warming?
To address that question, I use theory-driven experiments, field observations, and mathematical modeling, building on my research experiences as a PhD candidate at UW and as an undergraduate at UCLA. I split my time with one foot in Seattle and the other in Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island.
Stay tuned as I wrestle this hippopotamus and learn its secrets.
I've always loved reading fiction. Recently, though, I've gotten into nonfiction by listening to barnacles, who despite their illiteracy tell some excellent ecological stories.