I am interested in how populations adapt to shifting environmental conditions. I am particularly drawn to parasites, invasive species, and other species we perceive as disruptive.
I have worked with a variety of species, including salmon, Tanner crab, blue king crab, European green crab, cod, and herring.
I am a proponent for open science. I use an open access online lab notebook as well as GitHub to share my research and support reproducibility.
I am currently a graduate student with Dr. Steven Roberts in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington.
Bitter Crab Disease (Hematodinium) in Alaskan snow & Tanner crab
How do temperature shifts affect the parasitic dinoflagellate Hematodinium?
Hematodinium is a parasitic dinoflagellate that infects over 40 crab species worldwide. It poses a threat to Alaska's valuable snow and Tanner crab fisheries for two reasons - it is thought to be fatal, and it turns the crab meat bitter and unmarketable. Previous studies have found a link between Hematodinium prevalence and warming waters. By uncovering how Hematodinium responds to climate change conditions, we can understand what the future holds for these fisheries and adapt accordingly