My research interests lie within the comparative and molecular physiology of marine invertebrates that inhabit dynamic environments. Much of my research to date has centered on understanding how variation in abiotic parameters of the natural environment translate into an organism’s physiological performance using field-and laboratory-based studies. With a background in molecular biology, ecology, physiology and cellular biology, my attention focuses on the underling process that enables an organism to respond and tolerate environmental change. My doctoral dissertation focused on the physiological tolerances of climate change (temperature and ocean acidification) on species distribution, specifically early life history stages of marine invertebrates. While an Oceans and Human Health postdoctoral scholar at the Medical University of South Carolina and NOAA, I concentrated on understanding the regulation of toxin biosynthesis in a harmful algal species, Karenia brevis, and how ocean acidification may their growth and toxicity.
More recently, at the University of South Carolina, I’ve begun to interlace my molecular physiology background with mathematical modeling and thermal engineering techniques, contributed by the Helmuth Lab, to explore innovative ways the environment impacts coastal marine invertebrates.