Marine Biology

As a physiological ecologist, I am fundamentally interested in the biological responses of organisms to environmental change. I am particularly interested in symbioses and partner contributions to nutrient fluxes and nutrition. Over the last decade I have studied corals with their symbiont alga (Family: Symbiodiniaceae).

In my research as a postdoctoral fellow within the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at UH Mānoa, I am studying terrestrial plants, with an eye toward functional diversity of microbiome communities and environmental influences. As a teacher, I have served as taught in the Department of Biology and Oceanography at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa, and I have also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles where I have taught courses in botany and marine biology in traditional and online classrooms.