I am interested in the emergent effects of ocean change as well as assessing natural gradients in abiotic conditions that may be enhanced by future climate change. I seek to understand how these gradients foster adaptation of marine species and alter community structure and species interactions. My senior honors thesis research focuses on assessing the natural pH variability within the Santa Barbara Channel and the role pH plays in driving invertebrate recruitment dynamics and calcification in coastal ecosystems. Recently, I have assessed the capacity of seagrass to act as local refugia to future ocean acidification. I hope to use my research to guide future conservation strategies and policy
My lifelong passion for the ocean prompted my pursuit of ocean acidification research. I joined the Hofmann lab in the summer of 2013 as a NSF REU intern and completed a senior honors thesis with the group during the following year. I am now the lab’s manager and work extensively with the preparation and maintenance of autonomous pH sensors deployed throughout the Santa Barbara Channel, as well as assisting with field and lab-based projects.