I am currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. I received my PhD in 2016 in Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory. After graduating, I worked as a postdoc for a year at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, after which I joined the faculty at St. Mary’s. As a coastal systems ecologist, my research broadly investigates the processes underlying the restoration and resilience of coastal ecosystems with a focus on foundation species, such as submersed aquatic vegetation (SAV) and marshes. I am particularly interested in how recovering living resources impact ecosystem processes. For example, I am currently investigating the extent to which recovering SAV populations in the upper Chesapeake Bay seasonally retain nutrients.
I am running for AERS treasurer because I would like to contribute to the society in a meaningful and substantive way. I have been involved in the AERS program committee since I began attending meetings as a graduate student. During that time, I benefitted immensely from being immersed in the close-knit AERS community. I met many smart and interesting colleagues, received valuable feedback on my research, and also had fun and made some friends along the way. Now, I would like to give back to the Society by taking on an active role in its functioning so that others can continue to enjoy these benefits. I am generally organized and responsible, which are valuable traits for any task, but especially those of treasurer. I am currently managing several research budgets, and in the past, I managed expenditures at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Karen Noonan Center for Environmental Education. I also organized an AERS costume contest fundraiser for the Student Travel Fund during the Halloween meeting of 2014. As AERS treasurer, I would draw on these skills and experiences to ensure that the Society’s financial operations are accurately maintained and continue to run smoothly.