Master of Science in Marine Science, Aquatic Health Sciences, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, School of Marine Science, William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA; USA
Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Environment, McGill University, Montréal, QC; Canada
I am a PhD candidate in Dr. Juliette Smith’s lab, where I research toxin-producing harmful algal bloom (HAB) species and their impacts on the commercially-important Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica). I am also participating in a multi-year collaboration between VIMS and the Virginia Department of Health to collect much-needed baseline HAB and HAB toxin data from the Virginia-portion of the Chesapeake Bay. This information will provide a better understanding of the current spatial and temporal distribution of HAB species and their toxins, informing and improving our future monitoring efforts.
My current research interests include: HAB ecotoxicology and the impacts of HABs on human health, aquaculture productivity, and shellfish populations. My broader scientific interests include: marine conservation, evolution and adaptation, as well as neuroscience. Science communication is a passion of mine; I enjoy teaching, mentoring young scientists, participating in outreach, and collaborating on projects with stakeholders, policy-makers, and other professionals.
In my free time I love to ski, sing opera, practice sleight-of-hand card tricks, cook, and spend time with my friends and family.
|2013-2016||Alexandrium monilatum in the lower Chesapeake Bay: sediment cyst distribution and potential health impacts on Crassostrea virginica|
|Advisors: Dr. Kimberly S. Reece and Dr. Wolfgang K. Vogelbein|
|Natural selection and female choice on evolutionary traits in the Trinidadian guppy (Poecilia reticulata)|
|Co-Investigator: Marlee Jackson Advisor: Dr. Andrew P. Hendry|
|2010||The basis for the establishment of a coastal marine park surrounding Isla Galeta|
|Co-Investigator: Anna Swick-Coryell Advisors: Dr. Stanley Heckadon-Moreno and Rafael Samudio