I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Marine Science and Conservation at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. I am a member of Dr. Dana Hunt’s Marine Microbial Ecology Lab. For my doctoral dissertation, I am studying the response of the microbial plankton community to natural and anthropogenic disturbances in aquatic systems. My research interweaves classic ecological concepts, next-generation sequencing techniques, and network and information analysis approaches to understand the complex and highly interconnected microbial community.
I am broadly interested in how members of the microbial community interact with one another, how disturbances affect the microbial community’s composition and function, and how microbe-microbe interactions mediate community response and recovery to disturbance. To learn more about my dissertation project, visit my Present Research page.