Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on understanding of community dynamics and how ecosystems are altered by anthropogenic impacts. I study community dynamics in broad array of marine habitats, such as bivalve reefs, the intertidal zone, hard-bottom reefs, and coral reefs using many techniques including eDNA, inclusion/exclusion manipulations, mesocosm experiments, and traditional and acoustic tagging. I attempt to always have an applied side to my research so that it can be used for conservation strategies and restoration efforts.


Education Profile

  • Ph.D, Marine Science, University of North Carolina, NC, USA 2012
  • M.Sc. Marine Science, University of South Alabama and Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Mobile, AL, 2006
  • B.Sc. Marine Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, 2000

Professional Profile

  • 2013-2015: Queens University Postdoctoral Researcher, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
  • 2012-2013: National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, NOAA/NMFS, Beaufort, North Carolina, USA
  • 2006-2007: Research Technician – Dauphin Island Sea Lab, AL, USA
  • 2001-2003: Island Institute Fellow - Island Institute, Rockland, Maine, USA         

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Ecological Society of America

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)