Mentor: Dr. Don Behringer
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
"Besides my plain old thirst for information, I believe that one of the most important aspects of a successful society is education. By being involved in research I get to enjoy the satisfaction of generating information for people to educate themselves with and therefore leave a positive impact in my wake."
- Marine Ecology
- Climate Change
- Biological Oceanography
- Beneath the Sea Art of Underwater Photography (2017)
- University Scholars Program (2017-2018)
Hobbies and Interests
- Musical Theatre
Isotopic Analysis of Hard Bottom Communities in the Florida Keys
Over the past couple of decades, hard bottom communities in the Florida Keys have been threatened by algal blooms and variation in salinity. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of restoration efforts that have been in the area by examining the complexity of trophic webs. We will use stable isotope analysis to trace carbon and nitrogen through the trophic levels in several areas, ultimately creating a basic food web. Such webs can be compared to areas that were devastated and areas that were virtually unaffected by the blooms so that we can assess which method of restoration should be used in the future.