restoration – conservation
experimental ecology – natural history – coastal communities
ecophysiology – thermal biology – behavior
climate change – environmental monitoring – ocean acidification


Habitat Research Director, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, 2021-present

Senior Program Manager and Biologist, Olympia Oyster & Bull Kelp Habitat, Puget Sound Restoration Fund, 2020

Visiting Teaching Faculty, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, University of Victoria, BC, Canada, 2019

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology & Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington, Seattle, 2016-2019

Research Assistant, Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), University of California, Santa Cruz, 2005-2009


PhD Biology, University of Washington, Seattle 2016

BSc Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz 2001

AA Spanish, Cabrillo College 1998



nearly 170 marine field sites in 3 countries (Canada, Chile, USA)

1000s of field days include rocky shores, sandy shores, mudflats, estuaries, sloughs, docks, jetties, boats, lakes, streams, forests

Field biology: coastal natural history, marine algal and invertebrate taxonomy, plankton identification, experimental & observational methods, installation of equipment in rock, waterproofing, measurement of temperature, current, water chemistry, WA State Boaters License

General lab & shop: microscopy, fluorometry, spectrophotometry, use of tensometer, soldering, wiring, plumbing, flume, wind tunnel, construction with hand & power tools, aquatic animal husbandry

Cell & molecular lab: sterile technique, cell culture, bacterial transformation & cloning, DNA, RNA, & protein extraction, PCR, restriction digest, electrophoresis, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, sequence alignment

Statistical software: R, SPSS, Systat, Matlab (basic)

Languages: English, Spanish