Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
The overarching conceptual theme of my research is to understand causes and consequences of spatial population dynamics of coastal marine species, trophic processes among species in communities and ecosystems, and interactions between marine ecological communities and human users, especially fisheries. A common applied goal of my research is to identify how the implications of the above dynamics can be used to guide sustainable management of renewable natural marine resources and the conservation of marine ecosystems. Noteworthy focal research topics include: Seascape genetics for estimating patterns of dispersal and population connectivity Natural and controlled field and laboratory studies for quantifying variation in species demographics and community structure and function in response to human impacts (e.g., fishing) Designing and evaluating marine protected areas and catch shares for promoting sustainable fisheries Identifying optimal and practical ecosystem-based and marine spatial planning management strategies (considering conservation, fisheries, offshore wind/wave energy facilities, marine aquaculture farms, shipping lanes, etc.) for achieving conservation and socioeconomic objectives.