Associate Professor and Associate Dept. Head
Varsity Research Building 1603
4148 Jordan Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-8208
1575 Varsity Drive, Varsity Research Building
Module 8, Rooms: 1603 & 1611
My research interests focus on the ecology of protists and zooplankton which comprise numerous taxa and play diverse ecological roles within aquatic ecosystems. Protists are major primary producers (phytoplankton) and consumers (i.e. heterotrophic cilliates) at the base of the food web. Zooplankton (i.e. copepods and euphausiids) are important consumers of protists (and each other) and in turn preyed upon by shellfish, fish and marine mammals. My research group addresses how natural and anthropogenic processes shape plankton assemblages and how changes in protistan and/or zooplankton community structure impact biogeochemical cycles in coastal and open ocean environments.
I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in Marine Biology (MEA220), Biological Oceanography (MEA449/549), Ecology of Coastal Resources (MEA469) and am one of several instructors for the MEAS’ summer course on Field-Investigations of Coastal Processes (MEA459).
Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of Vienna, Austria (2001)
M.S., Zoology / Ecology, University of Vienna, Austria (1996)