My research focuses on the effects of climate change (including ocean acidification) and other environmental co-stressors on marine benthic invertebrate larval and juvenile development.  Currently, I am exploring these types of questions from an aquaculture perspective as Director of Research and Development at Mook Sea Farm in Walpole, Maine.  My research here also includes optimization of bivalve aquaculture operations, ensuring seafood safety, and understanding the link between environmental variables and oyster quality.  I have previously engaged in research looking into the effects of ocean acidification and changes to the marine carbonate system on phytoplankton physiology and the marine carbon pump, as well as interactive effects of ocean acidification on predator-prey relationships.

I am proud to have been a member of the 2014 Maine Ocean Acidification Commission, where my role was as a scientist who has studied the biological impacts of ocean acidification.  


2007 - 2013 

PhD, Biological Oceanography

Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program 

Woods Hole, Massachusetts 

2002 - 2006

BS, Biochemistry

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania


2013 - 2016

Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

Ocean Biogeochemistry & Climate Change

East Boothbay, Maine

2014 - 2015


State of Maine's Ocean Acidification Study Commission

Augusta, Maine


Postdoctoral Investigator

Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution

Biological Oceanography

Woods Hole, Massachusetts

2016 - Present

Director of Research and Development

Mook Sea Farm

Walpole, Maine

2016 - Present

Adjunct Scientist

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences

East Boothbay, Maine

2013 - Present

Guest Investigator

Woods Hole Oceangraphic Institution

Woods Hole, Massachusetts

2015 - 2016

Visiting Assistant Professor

Bowdoin College

Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Brunswick, Maine