I investigate the impact of top predators on ecosystems through trophic cascade. Currently, I am running an experimental study to investigate the extent to which top-predator expansion can alter marsh geomorphology through trophic control of runaway grazer impacts. By determining the relative impacts of top-down and bottom-up forces on marsh bank geomorphology, this work will inform effective future management plans throughout coastal systems, and protect critical ecosystem services.
I am a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, and graduated from Duke University in 2014 with my bachelor’s degree. My previous studies have also focused on top predators, specifically on sharks. My published work focuses on measuring metabolic rate through respirometry, determining maximum sizes, and creating stronger worldwide protection for migratory sharks.