Increasing coastal populations, and rising sea levels and temperatures, are stressing coastal ecosystems. I am interested in exploring the impact of life history characteristics on the current status of seagrasses and on the potential trajectories of these species in our changing coastal environments. I am particularly interested in the importance of seed dispersal and seedling recruitment to the stability and recovery of seagrass populations, as well as the factors most limiting seedling survival. I hope understanding the requirements and limitations to the entire life history of seagrasses will inform monitoring and optimize remediation and restoration techniques to protect the valuable habitat seagrasses provide.
PhD thesis topic: The influence of unexplored biota on seedling recruitment of aquatic vegetation