Howdy, thanks for dropping by. I’m a marine ecologist interested in temperate coastal food webs and the processes that organize them. If you’d like to learn more about my work, check out the Research section.


July 31, 2019 – This week I’m off to Friday Harbor Labs with collaborators Sara Hamilton and Reyn Yoshioka to install the second Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network (KEEN) site in the San Juan Islands.

July 25, 2019 – Today I led an Introduction to R workshop for the Research Experience for Undergrad (REU) interns here at OIMB. It was a great learning experience for all! Check out the code-in-progress I used to teach the workshop on my github repository.

July 5, 2019 – This weekend I’ll be giving a pub science talk with my lab mate Julie Schram at 7 Devils Brewery in Coos Bay, OR about our trip to Antarctica. Stop by and check it out if you’re in the neighborhood (Sunday July 7, 7:30pm).

June 20, 2019 – Today I presented my proposed work on seaweed communities along the Oregon Coast at OSU’s Markham Symposium. You can find my poster here.

June 5, 2019 – This week I participated in a Bioblitz at OIMB organized by my lab mate Reyn Yoshioka. We collected organisms on dives for our taxonomic experts and retrieved ARMS, managing to find around 800 species!

June 1, 2019 – We’ve returned to Oregon after an exciting two months in Antarctica! See some of the work we did in this video put together by graduate researcher Sabrina Heiser.

April 8, 2019 – We are officially on our way to Antarctica! Follow my Twitter account or our project blog to get the latest on our study of #AntarcticSeaweedGradients.

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Every month I’ll post an exciting open-source paper related to marine ecology. I’ll also post a work of speculative fiction to keep the creative juices flowing….

And the paper and story for August 2019 are:

Environmental heterogeneity mediates scale-dependent declines in kelp diversity on intertidal rocky shores  by Starko et al.
Wave exposure provides refuge to some kelp communities stressed by marine heat waves.

Curse of the Octopodes by Elly Bangs 
Are octopuses truly the masters of the universe? Or is it all just a really bad dream?

See previous papers and stories of the month