I am a quantitative marine ecologist working with the Ocean Frontier Institute based at Dalhousie University. I am very broadly interested in understanding how marine species interact with each other and their environments and how human activities affect and are affected by changes within large marine ecosystems. More specific examples of my research activities include resolving how and why marine phytoplankton levels have changed over the past century, predicting patterns of marine biodiversity, population dynamics of Atlantic Herring, biophysical drivers of predator-prey interractions, global patterns of marine phytoplantkon phenology, and the effects of fishing on the dynamics of marine species. To address these questions I use statistical analyses, field-based approaches, and experimentation.
Within my current position with OFI, I am actively engaged in advancing the scientific understanding of how ocean ecosystems will change over the coming century in order to implement effective marine conservation measures.