AboutMy marine science career began in the Caribbean, working on the sexual reproduction of acroporid and favid corals, and evaluating the impact of warming oceans on the early life-history stages of corals. I then moved on to work with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s coral reef task, to evaluate the impacts of sedimentation from land-use change on coral reproduction and recruitment, after which I moved back to academia to investigate the impacts of coral-disease outbreaks on coral populations in the Caribbean. During this time, disease was becoming a major challenge for reefs in the region, and I applied spatial-ecological modelling approaches to test questions of disease causation and transmission, by identifying environmental drivers. The need for effective and large-scale coral restoration became increasingly obvious during my years working in the Caribbean, which led me to pursue a career at AIMS that combines developmental biology, marine ecology, & restoration science.
PhD Florida Institute of Technology, USA, 2016 (Marine Ecology)
MSc U. of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 2009 (Marine Biology)
BSc (Hons) U. of North Carolina Wilmington, USA, 2007 (Marine Biology)