I am a PhD candidate in the Population Biology graduate group at the University of California – Davis. I am in Jay Stachowicz’ lab and I am broadly interested in the how genetic diversity influences population and community properties. My current work is on genetic diversity in eelgrass (Zostera marina).  I am particularly interested in how trait diversity and genetic relatedness of genotypes can be used to predict the outcome of intraspecific interactions in terms of coexistence and performance.  You can read more about it on my ‘research’ page.

I am also a member of the UC Davis responding to rapid environmental change Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (REACH IGERT). It is NSF funded  program designed to engage PhD students in collaborative interdisciplinary research. As part of the program my group conducted a study of fragrance chemicals in personal care products as a case study for an emerging environmental issue. For more information about the IGERT program as well as my collaborative research project see my ‘IGERT’ page.

I am also part of an international marine conservation collaboration between UC Davis, Universitas Hasanuddin, and MARS inc. Symbioscience’s Sustainable Solutions program, funded by PEER (USAID/NSF Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research) and SEED (UCD) grants. As part of this collaboration I have been involved with a variety of projects in Sulawesi, Indonesia including: 1) Designing and Implementing a long term study exploring restoration techniques for seagrass beds in the densely populated and highly polluted Spermonde islands. 2) Working on a k-12 citizen science and outreach project with the goals of documenting the quantity and type of marine debris along the coast, teaching students basic science methodology, and teaching students about the environmental impacts of marine debris and what actions they could take to reduce debris. 3) Helping a team from MARS inc. with monitoring and maintenance of a large-scale coral restoration project in the Spermonde islands. 4) Evaluating the success of a project spearheaded by MARS inc. to provide alternative livelihoods to blast fishing through conversion to ornamental marine species culture.

If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you! Feel free to leave me a message. Thanks for visiting.

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