I am a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) in southern Louisiana. I am working with Dr. Ed Chesney to understand impacts of oil and dispersants on newly hatched fish and crab larvae of ecologically and economically important species in the Gulf of Mexico. Our work is aimed at understanding the sublethal impacts of an oil spill on vertebrate and invertebrate larvae.
Previously, I was a Mendenhall postdoctoral fellow at the US Geological Survey’s Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center. There, I worked with Dr. Steve McCormick to understand how life-history stage impacts the response to endocrine disruptors in threatened and endangered species including Atlantic salmon, shortnose sturgeon and Atlantic sturgeon. Additionally, we were interested in short and long-term adaptation to thermal stressors in salmonids, focusing on changes to the epigenome (i.e. gene methylation) and its role in long-term response to environmental stressors.
I received my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in 2010, where I worked with Dr. David Conover and Dr. Anne McElroy. My thesis research addressed differences in life-history traits in populations of an estuarine fish, the Atlantic silverside. I was interested in 1) which genes/gene products control differences in traits like growth, sex determination and development among populations and 2) how these traits respond to anthropogenic influences like size-selective harvest and contaminants.