I am a marine ecologist who hails from the great state of Vermont.

I primarily study early life history strategies in marine invertebrates and examine how these animals structure coastal ecosystems in the tropics. In my work I ask fundamental and applied questions to advance scientific understanding and help conserve marine environments.

Coral reef ecosystems are my primary study subject. I use a diverse suite of tools to study these complex ecosystems, including larval behavioral experiments, field collections, stable isotope labeling of photosynthetic activity, gene expression profiling, untargeted metabolomics, and machine learning. 

I received a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego, an M.S. in Oceanography from SIO, and a B.S. in Biology from the University of Vermont. I recently was a Postdoctoral Researcher at San Diego State University and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I am currently the Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Visiting Fellow in Conservation Biology at Harvard University.

A healthy coral reef at Oostpunt in Curaçao (photo: Mark Vermeij)

A healthy coral reef at Oostpunt in Curaçao (photo: Mark Vermeij)