My interdisciplinary pursuits provide a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. I am an ecologist, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem, and evolutionary sub-disciplines. I often use a food web perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. I am also involved with on-going coastal restoration initiatives and conservation policymaking. Building from these research experiences, I serve in various student mentoring, editorship, science consulting, and community service roles.
I am a Senior Fellow at the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at Wake Forest University and a Research Professor in the Department of Biology. I was previously a Professor in the Department of Applied Ecology at North Carolina State University. I have a current research program in The Bahamas and I am active with local scientific research and community service in Western North Carolina. I am always seeking new opportunities to contribute to the broader scientific and conservation communities.