Education
  • Postdoctoral Scientist, Center for Shark Research, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A., 1998-2000
  • Ph.D. in Marine Science, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.A., 1998
  • B.S. 1990, Marine Science, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A., 1990

Associate Professor

My research focuses on the physiological factors that regulate development and reproduction in aquatic vertebrates with special emphasis on the endocrine system. I also conduct research on the effects that environmental pollution may have on these essential processes. The overall goals of my research program are to determine how reproductive adaptations contribute to the growth and stability of aquatic vertebrate populations, and how alterations in the reproductive biology of aquatic vertebrates caused by environmental contaminants can lead to population decline.

The majority of my research is conducted on sharks and rays, fishes that have received far less attention in the fields of endocrinology and ecotoxicology than most other vertebrate groups. However, I have also conducted research on pollutant exposure and effects in bony fish and marine mammals, and will likely continue to broaden my list of research subjects at UNF.

GoMRI-funded projects:

- Deepsea to Coast Connectivity in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico (DEEP-C Consortium, Year 2-4 Consortia Grants (RFP-I), Role: Research Scientist)

- Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models (Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of Oceanography, Role: Co-Principal Investigator)

- Assessment of Deepwater Fish Assemblages Associated with Desoto Canyons and Continental Slope Waters in the Eastern GOM (Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of Oceanography, Role: Co-Principal Investigator)

- Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Epipelagic and Large Coastal Sharks and Teleosts of the Gulf of Mexico (Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of Oceanography, Role: Co-Principal Investigator)

- Monitoring of the Coastal Pelagic Fish Complex for Assessing DWH-Related Trophic Changes and Contaminant Exposure (Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of Oceanography, Role: Co-Principal Investigator)