Staff Profile
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Biography

I am broadly interested in the subtidal marine ecology of invertebrates and patterns of biodiversity in near-shore environments. Most of my work has involved scientific diving as a primary tool of investigation and I have used it to study deep sea urchin communities (Friday Harbor Labs, UW), seagrass-associated invertebrate distribution (Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, BC), and kelp forest ecology (Hakai Institute, BC). Currently I serve as Central Technician for the Smithsonian's MarineGEO program, which has taken me out of cold water into warmer climes including Belize (Carrie Bow Cay) and Panama (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) where I facilitate MarineGEO biodiversity monitoring and experimental activities. I also serve on the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Membership Committee.