Graduate Research Assistant
Chesapeake Biological Laboratory
My dissertation focuses on the population dynamics of black sea bass (Centropristis striata) in the Mid-Atlantic Bight region. Black sea bass are important to the region both ecologically and economically, and I am using a suite of techniques to address questions related to the seasonal movement of black sea bass, the distribution of black sea bass during the winter season (when they are further offshore near the continental shelf), and the implications that (mis)specification of spatial dynamics has on fishery reference points that are used by managers. I am broadly interested in fish ecology and fisheries science, and conducting applied research that is relevant to all stakeholders.