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- B.S., Environmental Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Ph.D., Ecology, Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
I grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida fishing, kayaking, and just poking around looking for critters in the mud and mangroves. I took a class in marine ecology during my senior year of college when I studied away at the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies program in Mystic, CT, and knew I had found my career path. I completed my PhD in Ecology at the University of Georgia’s Odum School of Ecology in Athens, GA, and my research on marine invasive species was mostly carried out in coastal New England, and in Japan. After finishing my dissertation, I worked at UGA as a Lecturer for 1.5 years before moving back to Emory to join the Environmental Sciences department as a Lecturer in 2018.
My research interests are in disease ecology, marine ecology, and invasive species ecology. I’m broadly interested in how environmental change affects species interactions, and how trade-offs constrain adaptation to changing conditions. Interactions between parasites and hosts have been a focus of my work, and I use examples from parasite ecology to illustrate a broad range of ecological concepts in my teaching.
My dissertation focused on how marine invertebrates like Littorina snails and the invasive shore crabs Carcinus maenas (European green crab) and Hemigrapsus sanguineus (Asian shore crab) adapt their immune defenses to scale with local levels of parasite infection risk. Before shifting to marine systems for my graduate work, I worked with members of the Kitron lab at Emory to study Culex mosquito oviposition preferences.