- M.S. - 2016 - Portland State University
- B.S. - 2013 - Florida International University
Joey received his B.S. in Marine Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University in 2013. At FIU, he worked with Dr. Craig Layman and his lab on ecological questions in tropical nearshore habitats of the Bahamas and South Florida. Joey completed a honors thesis project that focused on the differences in community assemblages between intact and restored mangrove habitats. After FIU, he went on to complete an M.S. in Environmental Science at Portland State University. There he worked under Dr. Elise Granek to focus on projects that assessed the role of pharmaceutical contaminants as stressors on rocky intertidal and estuarine communities. After finishing his masters, Joey worked as Natural Resource Policy fellow with Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He joined the Burkepile lab in 2016.
The primary focus of Joey's dissertation research is to determine the role of consumer mediated nutrient cycling in kelp forests. By quantifying the contributions of nutrients from individual consumers he is scaling up excretion rates among populations and communities. From there, he is determining how these excretion rates could be compared over broad spatial scales to ask questions about fisheries, no-take preserves, and kelp forest ecology. Joey is conducting this research in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research Project.