I am a community ecologist aiming to understand ecological patterns and processes and their mechanistic underpinnings through empirical manipulations and synthesis. The overarching goal of my research is to improve our understanding of biological communities in order to increase the accuracy of conservation efforts and forecasting of responses to climate change. I enjoy using modern and creative approaches to address challenging and pressing questions. My research interests fall under two main themes: (1) community response to environmental and biological stress and (2) cross-ecosystem fluxes.
I'm currently a postdoc at the University of Victoria in the School of Environmental Studies. I'm thrilled to be working on the 100 islands project with Brian Starzomski, Chris Darimont, and John Reynolds and the fantastic team at the Hakai Institute. Here I'm working on marine subsidies to terrestrial island ecosystems through beach-cast wrack. I'm using synthetic approaches to track the flow of marine derived nutrients in island food webs.
In 2018, I finished my PhD in the Department of Zoology and Biodiversity Research Centre at the University of British Columbia, working with Chris Harley. My thesis addressed the ecological consequences of one of the most serious threats to marine ecosystems: ocean acidification. I used a variety of methods (field-based experiments, surveys, meta-analysis) to understand how marine communities respond to ocean acidfication and how responses are shaped by species interactions or food availability.
I'm interested in: community ecology, global change, invasive species, marine invertebrates, symbioses, synthesis, quantitative methods
Grateful to Songhees, Esquimalt, & WSANEC peoples on whose traditional territories I live and to the Heiltsuk and Wuikinuxv First Nations on whose traditional territories I work.