I am broadly interested in community ecology and the effects of anthropogenic stressors on organismal physiology and ecology. Though my interests are broad, my research has been predominantly focused on ecological interactions of organisms on coral reefs and the effects of ocean acidification on algal physiology and ecology.
The role of parrotfish in determining spatial patterns in benthic community structure on coral reefs
Parrotfishes are extremely important herbivores and bioeroders on coral reefs. My current PhD dissertation research focuses on the role of parrotfish behaviors in determining spatial patterns in benthic community structure and bioerosion on coral reefs. I will be conducting my research on the fringing coral reefs of Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean.
Effects of ocean acidification on tropical crustose coralline algae
Ocean acidification is negatively affecting many calcified organisms by reducing ocean pH and limiting the carbonate ions available for calcification. Crustose coralline algae are important framework building organisms on coral reefs and can facilitate coral larval settlement and recruitment. But they are expected to be negatively affected by ocean acidification. My MSc thesis research quantified the effects of ocean acidification on tropical crustose coralline algae common to the coral reefs of Mo'orea, French Polynesia.