Thursday, November 5, 2015

photo: ME Riley  

As an ecologist training in Dr. Daniel Gruner's lab at the University of Maryland, I study the processes that shape ecological communities.

My interests are centered in community ecology, including species interactions, niche dynamics, and the ecology of perturbations -- essentially what happens to the game when you change the players.

I'm intrigued by how ecological shifts alter evolutionary trajectories, and I'm particularly interested in organisms that undergo resource shifts during complex ontogeny.

For my dissertation I am tackling how marine communities form and shift in response to climate change.

"The great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."     
~Sir Isaac Newton