My current research interests are focussed around coral reef benthic ecology and the sustainable aquaculture of tropical marine invertebrates. I completed a BS in Aquatic Biology with a focus in kelp forest ecology at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2008. I completed a MS in Marine Science in 2011 at Hawaii Pacific University which examined the drivers behind diel and seasonal changes in near shore seawater carbonate chemistry on several windward reefs in the Hawaiian Islands.
From 2011 to 2013 I worked as head of coral aquaculture for Exotic Reef Imports, a commercial aquarium company based in Los Angeles, CA. Following this position, I worked from 2013 to 2016 as a research technician on an ocean acidification grant from the US National Science Foundation based at California State University at Northridge and the UCB Gump Field Station in Moorea, French Polynesia.
My doctoral research at Southern Cross University will broadly examine the biogeochemical cycling of carbon dioxide in tropical marine sediments and examine if the balance between organic and inorganic metabolism in sediment fauna may be affected by future anthropogenic disturbances such as ocean acidification or coastal eutrophication.