As 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 a postdoctoral fellow at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) based in Annapolis, MD. Prior to coming to SESYNC, I conducted my doctoral research at University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory.
I’m also interested in environmental science education. Before graduate school, I worked as an environmental educator, teaching students about the Chesapeake Bay amid marshes and seagrass beds, and then as manager of an NSF-funded program that integrated research-based curricula into science classrooms. My teaching is centered around facilitating student investigations of complex of environmental problems and encouraging thinking and analysis that spans disciplines within the sciences and beyond.