I am interested in the ecology of parasitism in marine ecosystems. In particular, I seek to understand the relationship between parasite diversity and ecosystem health and food web stability, as well as the community level effects of host manipulation. I am also interested in the role of biogenic habitats (e.g. giant kelp forests) in population dynamics and community ecology, particularly concerning propagule dispersal and settlement success. I strive to conduct research that is integrative in nature, with strong linkages between ecology, evolution, and the physical environment, and that is also directly useful to conservation and management.
UCSB Marine Science Institute Bldg 520 Rm 4002 Fl 4L Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150 United States