I have had the honor to work for many researchers across the globe. Many of my research questions are derived from these experiences, and I benefit from my continued interaction with the people and work we have done.
2013-2014 Behavioral Ecology of Tropical Fish, James Cook University
James White researches the behavioral ecology of damsel fish on the Great Barrier Reef, specifically boldness or the willingness of the fish to venture into it's environment. James is one of the first to attempt to examine animal personality traits in wild fishes in a natural setting.
2007-2009 USFWS Midway Atoll, UCSC
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) have 10 emergent reefs and islands, and about 10 submerged banks that form the largest isolated and undisturbed reef system/marine protected area in the world. As a research assistant for Dr. Donald Potts and his students, I worked on a variety of multi-disciplinary projects at Midway Atoll.
Ground Water Discharge
Dr. Wendy Cover: Urchin-Coral Interactions on Midway Atoll
Dr. Kristin McCully: Bivalves of Midway Atoll
Anne Warner: Atoll Sedimentology
2006-2007 Conservation on Kenyan Coral Reefs, UCSC
Jennifer O'learys work focuses on resilience of marine ecosystems. I assisted with her Ph.D. research focusing on the diversity of coralline algae, grazer influences and coral settlement in fished and managed coral reefs along the Kenyan coastline.
O’Leary, J.K.*, D. Potts, K. Schoenrock, T. McClanahan (2013). Fish and sea urchin grazing opens settlement space equally but urchins reduce survival of coral recruits. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 493: 165-177
2006-2007 Ecosystem function at the land-sea interface, UCSC
This project investigated the effects of terrestrial and open ocean subsidies on near shore marine communities. Melissa Foley's Ph.D. research included sub-tidal community surveys, water chemistry analyses, trace metal chemistry, and stable isotope analyses. In my senior thesis with Melissa I looked at algal diversity in sub-canopy communities within kelp forests influenced by oceanic and river systems.