Assistant Professor of
Marine Mammal Science
I approach marine mammal science with a broad focus on ocean health that incorporates interconnected components of animal, human, and ecosystem health. My research program utilizes genetic and genomic techniques to study evolutionary adaptation, population ecology, and conservation biology. I am driven by questions of how individuals have adapted to survive threats in their environment over evolutionary and ecological timescales, and how genetic variation (or lack thereof) affects resistance to these threats in the face of rapid environmental change. My research focuses primarily on marine mammals that are sentinels of ocean health and species of conservation concern, though I have also investigated questions of adaptation to natural and anthropogenic stressors in estuarine fish and saltmarsh birds.