collecting plant sampleAs a coastal systems ecologist, my research broadly investigates the restoration and resilience of coastal and estuarine ecosystems with a focus on foundation species, such as seagrass and salt marshes. My goal is to better understand the processes that trigger ecosystem recovery and bolster ecological stability and resilience. This information, in turn, will improve predictions about how coastal ecosystems respond to changing external stressors, such as nutrient pollution and climate change. I’m currently an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Before my current appointment, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) based in Annapolis, MD. I conducted my doctoral research at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory.