Advisors: Charles Martin and Laura Reynolds
I am interested in the community ecology of estuarine and nearshore marine ecosystems. My research aims to elucidate the mechanisms driving community-level differences between seagrass and macroalgae dominated coastal habitats. Due to eutrophication, macroalgaes continue to proliferate in Florida’s estuaries. Seagrasses are thus under compounding pressure from increased competition and nutrient concentrations. Shifts in associated habitat quality and quantity will impact ecological function and ecosystem services such as fisheries productivity and ecotourism. Understanding these impacts is essential to forming ecosystem-based management strategies to bolster the resiliency of important resources in our changing biosphere.