|August 2018 - Present||Assistant Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Arts and Sciences - Department of Marine and Environmental Sciences|
|January 2016 - August 2018||Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Nova Southeastern University|
|2014 - 2015||Research Assistant (Grade 6), University of Glasgow ‐ IBAHCM|
|2010 - 2010||Research Assistant (Grade 6), University of London ‐ University Marine Biological Station, Millport|
|2008 - 2010||Research Assistant (Grade 6), University of Glasgow ‐ IBAHCM|
Professional Service and Affiliations
|2015 - Present||Steering Committee Member, Deep-Environmental Long-Term Observatory System (DELOS)|
- Deep Sea Ecology (MBIO 4900)
- Marine Ecosystems (MSMS 5020)
|2010 - 2015||PhD, University of Glasgow ‐ IBAHCM|
|2006 - 2008||MSc, University of Glasgow ‐ IBAHCM|
|2001 - 2006||MSci, University of Glasgow ‐ IBAHCM|
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Investigate Deep-Pelagic Ecosystem Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico Following Deepwater Horizon Frontiers in Marine Science (2020)
The pelagic Gulf of Mexico (GoM) is a complex system of dynamic physical oceanography (western boundary current, mesoscale eddies), high biological diversity, and community integration via diel vertical migration and lateral advection. Humans also heavily ...
A Decade to Study Deep-Sea Life Nature Ecology & Evolution (2020)
The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development presents an exceptional opportunity to effect positive change in ocean use. We outline what is required of the deep-sea research community to achieve these ambitious ...
Pelagic Habitat Partitioning of Late-Larval and Juvenile Tunas in the Oceanic Gulf of Mexico Frontiers in Marine Science (2020)
Tunas are ecologically important in pelagic ecosystems, but due to their high economic value, large-bodied species are overfished. Declines in fishery landings of large-bodied tuna species in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM) are expected to ...
Evidence for Seasonal Cycles in Deep‐Sea Fish Abundances: A Great Migration in the Deep SE Atlantic Journal of Animal Ecology (2020)
Animal migrations are of global ecological significance, providing mechanisms for the transport of nutrients and energy between distant locations. In much of the deep sea (> 200 m water depth) the export of nutrients from ...
Dispersion Overrides Environmental Variability as a Primary Driver of the Horizontal Assemblage Structure of the Mesopelagic Fish Family Myctophidae in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Frontiers in Marine Science (2020)
The lanternfishes (Myctophidae) are a highly speciose, globally-distributed family of fishes that constitute a dominant component of the global pelagic fauna. As a vertically-migrating taxon of oceanic micronekton, myctophids play vital ecological roles in the ...
Deep-pelagic research in the Gulf of Mexico: An extraordinary oceanic ecosystem facing extraordinary challenges ECO Environment: Coastal and Offshore (2020)
The Deepwater Horizon disaster illuminated a growing threat to large marine ecosystems worldwide – extractive industries have expanded well past the limit of scientific knowledge, particularly in the deep sea, and thus the environmental impacts ...
An Empirically Validated Method for Characterizing Pelagic Habitats in the Gulf of Mexico Using Ocean Model Data Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (2019)
Mesoscale oceanic features such as eddies generate considerable environmental heterogeneity within the pelagic oceans, but their transient nature makes it difficult to identify both their spatial and temporal extent and their effects on the distribution ...
The Application of Novel Research Technologies by the Deep Pelagic Nekton Dynamics of the Gulf of Mexico (DEEPEND) Consortium Marine Technology Society Journal (2018)
The deep waters of the open ocean represent a major frontier in exploration and scientific understanding. However, modern technological and computational tools are making the deep ocean more accessible than ever before by facilitating increasingly ...
Fish Communities Associated with Cold-Water Corals Vary with Depth and Substratum Type Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers (2016)
Understanding the processes that drive the distribution patterns of organisms and the scales over which these processes operate are vital when considering the effective management of species with high commercial or conservation value. In the ...
High Resolution Study of the Spatial Distributions of Abyssal Fishes by Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Scientific Reports (2016)
On abyssal plains, demersal fish are believed to play an important role in transferring energy across the seafloor and between the pelagic and benthic realms. However, little is known about their spatial distributions, making it ...
A Scientific Basis for Regulating Deep-Sea Fishing by Depth Current Biology (2015)
The deep sea is the world’s largest ecosystem, with high levels of biodiversity and many species that exhibit life-history characteristics thatmake them vulnerable to high levels of exploitation. Many fisheries in the deep sea have ...
The Effect of Parasitic Infection by Hematodinium SP. on Escape Swimming and Subsequent Recovery in the Norway Lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (L.) Journal of Crustacean Biology (2015)
Tail flip escape swimming was measured in the Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus (Linnaeus, 1758) up to cessation and following 4 hours recovery, and was compared with that of lobsters infected by the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium ...
A New Method for Ecological Surveying of the Abyss Using Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Photography Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (2014)
The extent and speed of marine environmental mapping is increasing quickly with technological advances, particularly with optical imaging from autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). This contribution describes a new deep-sea digital still camera system that takes ...
Environmental Variability and Biodiversity of Megabenthos on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount (Northeast Atlantic) Scientific Reports (2014)
We present the first remotely operated vehicle investigation of megabenthic communities (1004–1695 m water depth) on the Hebrides Terrace Seamount (Northeast Atlantic). Conductivity-temperature-depth casts showed rapid light attenuation below the summit and an oceanographic regime ...
A Southeast Atlantic Deep-Ocean Observatory: First Experiences and Results Limnology and Oceanography: Methods (2013)
The DELOS (Deep-ocean Environmental Long-term Observatory System) project is a long-term research program focused on understanding the impacts of oil and gas extraction on deep-sea ecosystems. We have installed two seafloor observation platforms, populated with ...
The Effects of Trawling on the Physical Condition of the Norway Lobster Nephrops norvegicus in Relation to Seasonal Cycles in the Clyde Sea Area ICES Journal of Marine Science (2009)
The fishery for Norway lobster, Nephrops norvegicus, is the most valuable in Scotland, but few studies have examined the physical condition of the animals trawled. This study aimed to determine the extent of physical damage ...
Books and Book Contributions (3)
Deep-Sea Ecology Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Books and Book Chapters (2018)
The deep sea, comprising approximately 95% of the world ocean volume, is by far the largest cumulative habitat on earth. It has historically been understudied and represents the largest data gap in ecology. The deep ...
Deep-Sea Ecology Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Books and Book Chapters (2018)
ncyclopedia of Ecology, Second Edition continues the acclaimed work of the previous edition published in 2008. It covers all scales of biological organization, from organisms, to populations, to communities and ecosystems. Laboratory, field, simulation modelling, ...
Disentangling Habitat Concepts for Demersal Marine Fish Management Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Books and Book Chapters (2016)
Fishing and other anthropogenic impacts have led to declines in many sh stocks and modication of the seabed. As a result, efforts to restore marine ecosystems have become increasingly focused on spatially explicit management methods ...
Habitat classification of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) using the HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) and salinity/temperature profiles, cruises DP01-DP04, May 2015 to August 2016 Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information and Data Cooperative (GRIIDC) (2018)
Deep pelagic habitat from the entire Gulf of Mexico (GOM) was classified using the deviation of sea surface height (SSH) from mean SSH for the entire GOM and water temperature at 300 m water depth, ...
Seascape ecology in the deep pelagic Gulf of Mexico HCNSO Ocean Science Research Symposium (2020)
Long-lived and mobile animals create important linkages between spatially and temporally distant ecosystems. Within the deep-sea, fishes play important roles in transferring energy, nutrients and carbon through the water column, across the seafloor, and between ...
Pelagic Habitat Partitioning of Late-Larval and Juvenile Tuna in the Oceanic Gulf of Mexico Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2020)
Tunas are ecologically important in pelagic ecosystems, but due to their high economic value, most species are overfished. Declines in fishery landings of large-bodied tuna species in the Gulf are expected to increase fishing pressures ...
Temporal Changes in the Micronektonic Crustacean Assemblage in the Gulf of Mexico Since the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2020)
This talk will present data from a series of cruises conducted in 2011 (ONSAP), one year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and cruises conducted in 2015-2017 (DEEPEND), five to seven years after the spill. ...