Staff Profile
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I am a Quantitative Ecologist in the Marine Invasions Research Laboratory and Senior Analyst for the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC). I have a broad interest in invasive species and understanding why some introductions succeed, while most fail.  More specifically, I am interested in the vectors by which non-native species are introduced into a new range and the factors that affect establishment with an eye towards vector management.

Contact Information

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

647 Contees Wharf Road

Edgewater, MD 21037-0028

e. ׀ t. 443-482-2307


Research Interests

Establishment of nonindigenous species; population ecology of small populations; vector ecology and management.



Ph.D. Botany, Washington State University (2003)

M.S. Statistics, Washington State University (2002)

B.S. Environmental Science, University of Denver (1994)


Current Projects

  1. Describing patterns of ballast water movement via shipping as a vector for the introduction of aquatic NIS
  2. Relating ballast water movement with international trade
  3. Shipping networks and implications for aquatic NIS
  4. Potential impacts of vector management on the likelihood of NIS introductions