I am a marine ecologist interested in the natural and anthropogenic forces that shape fish communities. I study the factors that regulate biodiversity in the oceans by looking closely at the fish, invertebrate, and infaunal species that make up marine communities, and by measuring the forces that change these communities over time. These forces include invasive species, like lionfish.
In 2015 I traveled to Panama for a scientific conference about the lionfish invasion where I met Gabriel and learned about the CTFF. Gabriel invited me to go diving with him and see firsthand the effect that the Foundation has had on the health of the local reefs. Since then I have been working with the CTFF as a scientific advisor.