I am a marine ecologist, specializing in invasion biology, population ecology, parasite ecology, population genetics, and biogeography.
I am currently working at Long Island University-Post, where I first started in 2011. I am presently starting my fourth year as an Assistant Professor in the Biology department. Over the past three years, I have taught several undergraduate courses related to general biology and ecology, and a graduate level course, Marine Ecology (see 'Teaching'). I am also furthering my research program at LIU with undergraduate students and masters' students (see 'Professional Experience and Research Activities' and 'Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research').
From 2007-2011, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Marine Invasions Ecology Laboratory at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland under the supervision of Drs. Gregory Ruiz and Whitman Miller. Please visit the lab's staff page for more information. While at SERC, I received two postdoctoral fellowships: the first (2007-2009) was a Smithsonian Institution (SI) fellowship, where I focused on the global phylogeography of an invasive marine snail, and the second (2009-2011) was a fellowship through SI’s Marine Science Network, where I studied the differential effects of genetic diversity on marine invertebrate hosts and their parasites in native versus introduced regions. Through my appointment as a research associate at SI, I remain strongly tied to the Marine Invasions lab at SERC.