Macroalgal diversity in nearshore marine habitat
Macroalgal diversity in nearshore marine habitat

I am currently transitioning to my new appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (fall 2015). During summer 2015 I am an Instructor at Friday Harbor Labs.

 

My research is focused on trophic relationships between algae and creatures at the base of marine, estuarine, and lake food webs. I use fatty acid biomarkers, experiments, and models to infer which resources are critical for supporting creatures living aquatic habitats. 

 

Why does this matter? Aquatic ecosystems host a diverse flora of phytoplankton, seaweeds, and seagrasses, which synthesize 'essential' omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Zooplankton, fish, orcas, and even humans ultimately rely upon algae to generate these molecules for all food webs.

Surprise marine science-related website (changes monthly!):

Surprise ecology-related open access paper (monthly updates!)

Check out my recent research, publications, links to collaborators, and periodic news updates. I am also on Research Gate and LinkedIn and Twitter. Pictures are by Aaron Galloway (copyright) unless otherwise noted.