I am an aquatic ecologist primarily interested in the fate and importance of different sources of primary productivity in marine and lake foodweds. I use a combination of observational and experimental approaches (both in the lab and in the field) to study how fatty acids and stable isotope 'biomarkers' are transferred from algal diets to aquatic animals.
Why does this matter? Marine food webs, which include many economically and ecologically important species (right on up to Orcas), ultimately depend on energy generated by primary producers such as phytoplankton, seagrass and marsh plants, and seaweeds (algae). In fact, primary producers supply the vast majority of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to all food webs. Humans and other animals need to obtain these ‘essential’ fatty acids from our diet because we cannot synthesize them from scratch on our own.
I'm currently a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at Stockholm University in the Lab of Dr. Monika Winder. My first postdoc was at the University of Eastern Finland, working with Dr. Paula Kankaala. I completed my Ph.D. in 2013 at the University of Washington, Friday Harbor Laboratories, at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, where I was advised by David Duggins, Ken Sebens, Mike Brett, Megan Dethier, Si Simenstad and Adam Summers.
The pages of this site have a sample of some of my favorite subtidal scenes. All pictures are by Aaron Galloway (copyright) unless otherwise noted.