Postdoctoral Investigator // Biology of fishes at the NEAQ and Wetlands Ecology
I am particularly interested in the early life history of marine fishes with an emphasis on patterns of larval nutritional condition. Along these lines, my dissertation work utilized physiological and molecular techniquesto investigate the effects of environmental variability on individual larval fish condition levels, focusing particularly on how condition might relate to larval survival and long-distance population connectivity. Recently, I have begun to expand my work across life stagesto explore trophodynamic relationships such as feeding by juvenile and adult fishes on fish eggs and larvae, as well as gelatinous zooplankton. This research entails the application of a qPCR-based approach to group-level identification and quantification of fish gut contents.