Yosemite National Park, Photo courtesy of Judy Bittick.

Having grown up in a small town in California’s Central Valley, the High Sierra was my playground. These early outings fostered an interest in patterns in nature — how species interact with each other and how humans contribute to these interactions for better or worse.

I am first and foremost a community ecologist with a particular focus on how anthropogenic pressures impact trophic interactions and species diversity in nearshore marine systems. I have worked in a range of systems including: salt marshes, mud flats, seagrass beds, and coral reefs. See research interests and publications for more information about current and past projects.

11025878_10104242631803676_2877514515552477692_oI completed my PhD at UCLA in the lab of Peggy Fong in May 2017. Soon to move to Vancouver, BC to start a postdoctoral fellowship with Liber Ero Fellowship Program. I’ll be based at the University of British Columbia in Mary O’Connor’s lab to focus on informing local management of seagrass beds with research on nutrient input and community structure.

In addition to the outdoors and marine ecology, my interests include long distance running, my dog (also named Sierra), and craft beer.