I am a lecturer in and co-director of the Sustainable Development & Conservation Biology (CONS) program in the Biology Department at University of Maryland. I am also a Research Associate the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. I research human impacts in coastal ecosystems such as salt marsh, rocky intertidal, cobble beach, and soft sediment.

Please visit the research page for more information on my research interests. For my latest field notes and observations, visit my blog maritima.

Recent News:
September 2015: Back to school! This year I'll be teaching BSCI 215: Global Sustainability, AREC 200: Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem, MEES 608G: Science Writing and Presentations, and MEES 708G: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Habitats. Go Terps :)

August 2015: I wrote a blog piece about the Gardens of the Queen MPA in Cuba that was published on the UC Press Blog.

June 2015: Welcome interns from the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program!

September 2014: Looking forward to co-teaching a new (to me) class, AREC 200: Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem: Intersection of Science, Economics, and Policy, with fisheries economist Jorge Holzer this fall!

August 2014: Follow @ConserveWords - I will be live-tweeting the International Marine Conservation Congress (#IMCC3) in Glasgow, Scotland!

May 2014: Early view available of
"Accounting for Multiple Foundation Species in Oyster Reef Restoration Benefits" in Restoration Ecology. Update: final article in press in the July issue.

May 5, 2014: Welcome newest lab member Mae Gedan!