|2015 - Present||Research Scientist, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography, Department of Marine and Environmental Science|
|2006 - 2015||Graduate Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University ‐ NSUOC Coral Histology Laboratory and CoE CRER Coral Nursery, Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center|
|2011 - 2014||Teaching Assistant, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Marine Histology and Ultrastructure. Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center|
scleractinian coral biology and conservation, coral stress responses to land-based sources of pollution, coral stress responses to ocean acidification at the histological and ultrastructure level, coral cellular stress response, coral tissue repair processes, early calcification and reproduction of corals, and anthropogenic environmental factors on coral health
- Marine Chemistry
|2015||Ph.D. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography|
|2004||M.S. Marine Biology, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography|
|1997||B.S. Marine Biology / Aquaculture, Florida Institute of Technology|
Short-Term Toxicity of 1-Methylnaphthalene to Americamysis bahia and 5 Deep-Sea Crustaceans Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2017)
There are few studies that have evaluated hydrocarbon toxicity to vertically migrating deep-sea micronekton. Crustaceans were collected alive using a 9-m2 Tucker trawl with a thermally insulated cod end and returned to the laboratory in ...
Petroleum Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Corals: a Review Marine Pollution Bulletin (2017)
The proximity of coral reefs to coastal urban areas and shipping lanes predisposes corals to petroleum pollution from multiple sources. Previous research has evaluated petroleum toxicity to coral using a variety of methodology, including monitoring ...
Acute and Sub-Acute Toxicity of the Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon 1-Methylnaphthalene to the Shallow-Water Coral Porites divaricata: Application of a Novel Exposure Protocol Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2017)
Previous research evaluating hydrocarbon toxicity to corals and coral reefs has generally focused on community-level effects, and results often are not comparable between studies because of variability in hydrocarbon exposure characterization and evaluation of coral ...
Direct and Indirect Effects of a New Disease of Alcyonacean Soft Corals Coral Reefs (2013)
Alcyonacean soft corals form major components of the biomass and biodiversity on many shallow Indo-Pacific reefs. In spite of the observed increase in marine diseases worldwide, disease has rarely been reported from this taxonomic group. ...
The Most Temperature-Adapted Corals Have an Achilles' Heel Marine Pollution Bulletin (2011)
The corals of the Persian/Arabian Gulf are better adapted to temperature fluctuations than elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific. The Gulf is an extreme marine environment displaying the highest known summer water temperatures for any reef area. ...
Effects of Nutrient Enrichment and Elevated CO2 Partial Pressure on Growth Rate of Atlantic Scleractinian Coral Acropora cervicornis Marine Ecology Progress Series (2005)
The growth rate of Acropora cervicornis branch tips maintained in the laboratory was measured before, during, and after exposure to elevated nitrate (5 and 10 μM NO3-), phosphate (2 and 4 μM P-PO43) and/or pCO2 ...
Histology and Ultrastructure of Montastraea cavernosa and Porites astreiodes During Regeneration and Recruitment: Anthropogenic Stressors and Transplant Success Theses and Dissertations (2015)
Corals combine photosynthesis and calcification in an intricate and delicately balanced relationship to form large biomineralized structures that are dominant features of tropical coastlines worldwide. Coral reefs have great scientific and economic importance but have ...
Effect of Nutrient Enrichment and Elevated CO2 Partial Pressure on Growth Rate of the Zooxanthellate Coral Acropora cervicornis. Theses and Dissertations (2003)
Trends of increasing coastal eutrophication and atmospheric pCO2 require investigation to predict the combined effects on coral and reef condition and growth. Increases in nutrient concentrations have been observed over the past several decades in ...
Toxicity of oil to Americamysis bahia and deep-water column micronekton with comparisons to model predictions HCNSO Ocean Science Research Symposium (2018)
This research is part of a series of studies for the Deep-sea Risk Assessment and Species Sensitivity to WAF, CEWAF and Dispersant project (D-TOX), designed to advance the understanding of hydrocarbon toxicity in several ecologically ...
Coral Toxicity Research for Determining Thresholds for Dispersant Use NEBA Calculations International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings Volume 2017 Issue 1 (2017)
The use of dispersants in close proximity to coral communities is generally not recommended, although Net Environmental Benefit Analysis (NEBA) of various response methods and priorities may override this principle. The NEBA calculation for use ...
TROPICS Field Study (Panama), 32-Year Site Visit: Observations and Conclusions for Near Shore Dispersant Use NEBA and Tradeoffs International Oil Spill Conference Proceedings Volume 2017 Issue 1 (2017)
The Tropical Oil Pollution Investigations in Coastal Systems (TROPICS) experiment initiated in 1984 on the Caribbean coast of Panama has become one of the most comprehensive field experiments examining effects of oil exposure to a ...
Quantifying Hydrocarbon Toxicity to Shallow-Water Corals: Range Finding Exposure Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2015)
Shallow water coral reef ecosystems have an elevated risk of exposure to hydrocarbons due to their proximity to the coastline. Previous research to evaluate hydrocarbon toxicity to corals and coral reefs has generally focused on ...
Reproductive Parameters of Coastal Pelagic Fishes Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2014)
The ability to manage a fish stock relies on an understanding of life history characteristics and basic biology of the species. Numerous age-growth studies are facilitated by the relative ease of ageing fishes through hard-part ...
Coral Ultrastructural Response to Elevated pCO2 and Nutrients During Tissue Repair and Regeneration Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2008)
Corals and coral reefs have recently experienced widespread decline attributed to anthropogenic pressure on reef systems. Studies have demonstrated that nutrient and pCO2 stress effect coral growth and calcification, but study of specific effects on ...
Ultrastructural and Histological Analysis of Dark Spot Syndrome in Siderastrea siderea and Agaricia agaricites Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2008)
Dark Spot Syndrome (DSS) typically manifests in scleractinian corals as lesions of varying color, size, shape and location that can result in skeletal changes and tissue death. A causative agent for DSS has not yet ...
Microscopy and Microanalysis in Marine Invertebrate Biology Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2007)
The study of marine organisms can provide insight of exceptional clarity to past, current and future climatic, geological, and biological conditions. The use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and light microscopy ...
Effects of Sedimentation Stress on Ultrastructure and Calcification in Montastraea cavernosa Oceanography Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2006)
Montastraea cavernosa is an important scleractinian reef-building coral, commonly found throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. The proximity of Florida reef communities to the coast, particularly in Southeast Florida raises concern for the health of ...