About my research:
My research aims to identify patterns in the recruitment and succession of the epibenthos in the eastern Gulf of Mexico (eGOM). Specifically I am studying how environmental cues that signal marine larvae and the predation of juveniles may influence community composition across season and habitat type. By determining the relative influence of these processes, my research will increase our understanding of how different habitats function in eGOM ecosystems.
I decided to pursue my graduate career within USF’s CMS because of the interdisciplinary approach that the program emphasizes. The wide range of research topics covered by the faculty and students provide exposure to concepts and techniques that I may not have been exposed to at in a purely biological program. Additionally, the location offers excellent opportunities to collaborate with local state and federal agencies, as well as close proximity to study the eGOM. As a young scientist the amount of information left to discover in this region is very exciting and inspiring.