Description of research and teaching
My research focuses on behaviorally mediated effects influencing community ecology. Currently, I am interested in the effect of coexistence and learned predatory behaviors on the success of aquatic invasions.
The Baltic Sea is an excellent model system for this research due to its low biodiversity and high invasion risk. Using the model system of the newly invasive Harris mud crab and native fish predators, I hope to discover traits likely to make predators successful at contributing to the control of invasive species in general and the Harris mud crab specifically, as well as, determine the potential for control of the current invasion by native predators.
PhD in Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2010-2015
BA Biology, Carleton College 2005-2009
- 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology