My general research interest is marine ecology, specifically coral reef ecology. I am interested in finding ways to apply marine ecology research for effective marine conservation. I believe that collaboration and working with local communities are also essential aspects of successful conservation and management. My ideal future research project would include all three of my interests: coral reef ecology, marine conservation, and local community involvement.
Coral Reef Ecology | Marine Ecology | Marine Invasions | Conservation
The majority of my research focused on the Caribbean lionfish invasion. For my undergraduate thesis, I investigated the possibility of biotic resistance against invasive lionfish. For my M.S. research, I quantified the impacts of invasive lionfish on coral reef fish across the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize. This manuscript is currently in review at Ecosphere. While at CIEE, I co-led a project comparing methods estimating benthic cover and reef complexity.