I received my BS in Environmental Sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 2009 and completed my MS in Environmental Studies at Florida International University in 2011. My thesis work was conducted in a Mexican marine protected area (MPA) and focused on bridging the gap between the biological and social aspects of MPA management to improve coral reef conservation. I joined the Burkepile Lab in 2012.
Much of my dissertation work revolves around understanding the important drivers of coral reef community recovery. For example, my research has focused on the dynamics of coral competition, how coral density affects fish community dynamics, and the role of coral genotypic diversity in impacting coral growth and recovery from disturbance. The ultimate goal of this work is to help improve current methodologies for coral reef restoration to help make restoration activities more scientific and to help them take advantage of the most up-to-date science on how coral reef function.