Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Research Assistant
I am a pursuing a Ph.D. degree under the direction of Dr. Scott Heppell. Prior to OSU, I attained my B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from UC San Diego, then went on to get my M.S. in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences from Louisiana State University. With the degradation and alteration of marine and freshwater habitats, my research interests are focused on examining how fish respond to these changes and relate overall habitat quality to fisheries management strategies. My dissertation project will aim to assess habitat quality and nursery function for juvenile rockfishes (Sebastes spp.) in Oregon’s estuaries. I will also be comparing feeding ecology, age, and growth of juveniles between different habitats within each estuary. Otolith microchemistry will also be utilized to potentially identify nursey habitats and contribution of Oregon estuaries to the adult populations.