Research Assistant Professor

Novak Lab

Current Research

I am a coastal ecologist that uses a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the characteristics of marine ecosystems that enhance their resilience to stressors. I have worked extensively in seagrass systems developing models to identify eelgrass restoration sites; assessing the role of donor populations in promoting the establishment and resilience of eelgrass at restoration sites; and investigating the adaptive significance of leaf-reddening as a stress response in seagrasses. Recently, I expanded my work to salt marsh systems and am investigating marsh-edge subsidence and its relationship to the invasive European green crab.