Portland State University, Science and Research Teaching Center (SRTC)
Office Location: SRTC 118D
1721 SW Broadway, Portland,OR 97201
Tel: (503)725-4241, Fax: (503)725-9040
My research focuses on the transition zone between land and sea examining how coastal and subtidal habitats interact in terms of biotic and abiotic processes. These studies specifically focused on organism movement and nutrient/energy flow between terrestrial-coastal-subtidal systems. In light of this interest, much of my research examines the effects of human disturbance to one system (e.g. mangroves forests, terrestrial watersheds) on functioning and community composition of nearby downstream ecosystems (e.g. coral reefs, subtidal rocky habitat). As we design reserves to protect specific habitat types, to what extent do we need to incorporate adjacent systems and habitat features?
In general, my research addresses scientific questions relevant to the effective design and implementation of protected areas and policy to conserve marine community and ecosystem processes and marine biodiversity.