Mid-Atlantic Coast and Salt Marsh Ecology

As an undergraduate and graduate student in the Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Virginia, my research focused on the factors that determine community composition in a variety of shallow coastal habitats. Work in both salt marsh ponds and the ocean surf-zone emphasized the importance of physical drivers in determining organism abundance and distribution. Collaborations with Brian Silliman (Duke) that biotic factors, such as herbivore grazing and predation, also can affect marsh productivity.