Field Station Director/Principal Aquatic Ecologist
My research interests focus on the ecology and ecophysiology of aquatic ecosystems. I am interested in the ecosystem-scale trophic interactions, population dynamics, and early life history of fish, predator-prey interactions, and the ecology of invasive species, with emphasis on mechanisms responsible for successful range expansions. I also pursue questions related to the function of essential nutrients (vitamins, fatty acids, etc.) in aquatic food webs and their role in regulating reproductive success and recruitment of fish.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in the response of species and ecosystems to environmental change, specifically the role energetics play in determining success of species in different environments. I have examined the ecophysiology of Atlantic herring, oysters, blue crab, and marine mammals in the North Atlantic Ocean, the Bay of Fundy, coastal North Carolina, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Norwegian Arctic using a variety of physiological metrics. I am especially interested in using fatty acid signature analysis, dynamic energy budgets, and environmental and population scale models to quantify the effect of environmental changes on aquatic animal physiology. I have recently begun examining the factors affecting the abundance and diversity of biota on artificial reefs in Lake Michigan and hope to incorporate energetic metrics into the assessment of newly constructed reefs in the Great Lakes.
We generally have 3-5 technicians, some seasonal and some long-term, who assist with our research. Currently, Kierra and Amber play an important role in our work.