Postdoctoral Researcher
University of Hawai'i at Manoa: Honolulu, Hawai'i; 2016 - present

Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology: Jan. 2019 - present

Undergoing a systematic literature review and meta-analysis to develop thresholds for multiple, synergistic stressors on reef-building coral species with Dr. Megan Donahue and associates at NOAA’s Pacific Islands Regional Office.

Pacific Biosciences Research Center: July 2017 - Jan. 2019

Studied predator-prey interactions within marine plankton communities, looking at predator evasion by copepods from a larval fish predator using high-speed video and holography with Drs. Petra LenzDan Hartline, and associates.

Department of Biology: July 2016 - June 2017

Studied animal behavior, physiology, ecology, and gene architecture to resolve mechanisms by which the environment shapes the evolution of the brain, using the blind Mexican cavefish with Dr. Masato Yoshizawa and associates.

 

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
Graduate Research Assistant

Oregon State University: Corvallis, Oregon, Sept. 2010 - June 2016

Designed and conducted field and lab experiments that investigated how invasive red lionfish interact with native cleaning mutualisms and parasite communities on Atlantic coral reefs with Dr. Mark Hixon and associates.

 

Fulbright Advanced Student
Université Montpellier 2: Montpellier, France, Oct. 2008 - July 2009

Orchestrated literature review and masters-level lab research on the effects of changes in environmental salinity on the immunocompetence of an aquaculture tilapia species with Drs. Serge Morand, Helena D'Cotta, and Jean-François Baroiller.

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lab and Field: University of Kentucky: Lexington, Kentucky, Summer 2008
Observed behavior and morphology of 150 House Sparrows that we collected and hand-reared from hatchling to adult. Altered birds' social conditions to determine contributors to male molting patterns with Dr. David Westneat.

Lab: Centre College: Danville, Kentucky, Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Genetically and morphologically discerned diurnal and nocturnal variants of a gnathiid isopod species parasitic to fish, which we collected from Caribbean coral reefs with Drs. Paul Sikkel and Robert Ziemba.

Field: Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station: St. John, USVI, Summer 2007
Led an independent project and contributed to ongoing research on the interactions among two ectoparasites and their Caribbean fish hosts with Drs. Paul Sikkel (Centre College) and Donna Nemeth (University of the Virgin Islands).

Lab: Hatfield Marine Science Center: Newport, Oregon, Summer 2006
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Intern, who led laboratory research on the early ocean ecology of juvenile steelhead salmon as indicated by their macroparasite communities with Dr. Kym Jacobson (NOAA-NWFSC).