I'm a budding marine ecologist interested in invertebrate biodiversity, parasitism, and trophic ecology. My research will focus on the role parasites and disease play in modifying the trophic ecology of their hosts. This stems from my initial training in a disease ecology lab and my current position in a trophic ecology lab.
I am a PhD student in the Coastal Trophic Ecology Lab of Aaron Galloway, PhD at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), University of Oregon. Our lab uses fatty acids as biomarkers in trophic ecology studies; however, our personal spins on this field range from traditional trophic ecology to invasion ecology to parasite biology.
My website is named for my inspiration into marine ecology: the Hawaiian anchialine pool shrimp, Halocaridina rubra, or ʻŌpaeʻula. When I was growing up, these tiny shrimp in "self-contained" bottle ecosystems were popular pets. Although I'm not a huge fan of the jars now, they were my first foray into ecology. Because of this, H. rubra will always have a soft spot in my heart. The shrimp on the footer is H. rubra (my home page has a different anchialine pool shrimp, Metabetaeus lohena).