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