I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Coastal Sciences, School of Ocean Science and Technology, at The University of Southern Mississippi, based at the Gulf Coastal Research Laboratory, and the Deputy Director of the Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence. Research in my lab focuses on:

1) The functional role of submerged, floating, and emergent coastal plants as habitat and food for nearshore animals

2) The reproductive ecology of submerged plants, including controls on reproductive timing and output, seed dispersal and seedling                 recruitment, and

3) Ecological consequences of complexity across scales in coastal ecosystems

I use a combination of laboratory and field experiments and surveys to address hypothesis-driven questions related to coastal and benthic processes and relevant to coastal management, conservation and restoration, and have several ongoing projects with collaborators across the Gulf of Mexico. You can read more here

NEWS

3/22/17: I am recruiting a Ph.D. student to begin August 2017. This student will be co-advised with Dr. Zack Darnell and will investigate the use of turtlegrass beds as habitat by nekton across the Gulf of Mexico. For more information, download the ad here

 

A turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seedling in Aransas Bay, TX

A turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum) seedling in Aransas Bay, TX

Fragmented smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in Terrebonne Bay, LA

Fragmented smooth cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) in Terrebonne Bay, LA