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.

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Reefscape of a healthy and highly reproductive coral reef in the undeveloped Oostpunt region of Curaçao_Credit Mark Vermeij.jpg

Healthy and reproductive coral reefs at Oostpunt, Curaçao (photo: Mark Vermeij).