Graduate Research

Sea Otter Tracking and Observation, Monterey, California

2009-2010 – SORAC Field Observer, Monterey Bay Aquarium

   I am a volunteer field observer for the Sea Otter Research and Conservation program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  I track and identify research otters using radio telemetry and color tags, conduct behavioral observations and help interpret SORAC research to the public.

Moorea Coral Reef Long-Term Ecological Research Program, Moorea, French Polynesia

2004-2009 – Graduate Researcher, MCR LTER, UC Santa Barbara

   As a graduate student, I participated in research being conducted by the MCR LTER.  In addition to my dissertation research, I assisted in conducting annual fish counts, led preliminary sampling of benthic infaunal communities, helped organize MCR LTER annual meetings and the NSF midterm review, and acted as the MCR LTER graduate student representative. (Field Guide - pdf)

Marine Management Area Monitoring, Moorea, French Polynesia

2007 – Benthic Biologist, CRIOBE / MCR LTER

   I conducted surveys of benthic algae, coral and macroinvertebrates, part of a joint monitoring program between Le Centre de l'Environement de Moorea (CRIOBE) and the MCR LTER for the Plan de Gestion de l'Espace Maritime (PGEM) in Moorea, a network of marine reserves instituted by the government of French Polynesia.

Biogeography of Symbiont-induced Changes in Coral Morphology, Kenting, Taiwan

2007 – Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium

   I was part of an exchange between the MCR LTER and the Kenting Coral Reef International LTER, and was hosted by Dr. Tung-Yung Fan at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.  There, I conducted benthic surveys and collections of invertebrates that induce morphological changes in Montipora corals, and assisted team members conducting research on coral settlement. (photos, LTER article)

Realized Dispersal Patterns of Marine Planktonic Larvae in MPAs, California, Mexico and South Africa

2004-2006 – Research Assistant, University of California, Santa Barbara

   I assisted Robin Pelc in her investigation of the export of invertebrate larvae from marine protected areas.  I helped plan collections and deployed intertidal settlement plates and larvae collectors in Southern California and Mexico.  I also helped conduct surveys and count mussel larvae in South Africa.