Research in my group is focused on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems – including marine, estuarine, and freshwater environments. We study fisheries as an entire social-ecological system including a wild fish or invertebrate population, as well as the fishermen and processors who harvest and sell the fish (in a commercial fishery), and the managers who regulate the fishery to prevent overharvest. Our research ranges from field studies of endangered salmonids in Mongolia to meta-analysis of stock assessment data to better understand fish population dynamics. Specific focus areas include: (1) the impacts of climate change on rivers, lakes, and their fish communities, (2) use of chemical biomarkers (stable isotopes and fatty acids) to understand aquatic food webs, and (3) stock assessment and management of fisheries.
I went to Cornell University for a BA in Biology & Society and then to the University of Maryland Chesapeake Biological Lab for an MS in Marine Science. I did my Ph.D. research at the University of Wisconsin Center for Limnology, followed by a postdoc (Smith Fellowship) at the University of Washington. I joined the Department of Marine & Coastal Sciences at Rutgers as an Assistant Professor in 2010.
Applied Population Dynamics