I hold biology degrees from the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Victoria. Following grad school I was a post-doc at the University of Hamburg for three years, and moved to the Prince William Sound Science Center in 2007.
My current research interests focus on the regional oceanography of Prince William Sound (PWS) and the north coastal Gulf of Alaska- it's an extraordinarily productive area, has some very interesting oceanography, and is rather understudied. I'm currently working on nutrient-plankton-bloom dynamics in PWS, and doing a lot of descriptive work in the coastal region around the Copper River. That includes basic descriptive physical oceanography (temperature and salinity, drifter deployments), macronutrient measurements, phyto- and zooplankton sampling, and fish collections.
The Copper River watershed is heavily glaciated, and will change as ice sheets recede. My work fits within a much larger effort to attempt to get a first handle on how the watershed and connected coastal ocean will change as that happens.(edit description)