I'm thrilled to share the first publication from my Ph.D. dissertation research, out last month in the open-access journal PLoS One (and available for download here). This paper will be the first chapter of my dissertation, and it's great to (finally) see it out in the universe! Conducting surveys of reefs in Abaiang in 2018. … Continue reading New publication: Coral reefs in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati after more than a decade of multiple stressors
I am delighted to share my first first-authored peer reviewed journal article, The relationship between macroalgae taxa and human disturbance on central Pacific coral reefs, now out in Marine Pollution Bulletin!
This blog post originally appeared on ReefBites, the student blog of the International Society for Reef Studies. Every two to seven years, the eastern equatorial Pacific climate oscillates between anomalously warm (El Niño) and cold (La Niña) conditions in a process known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). This process influences sea surface temperatures … Continue reading How corals can help us make predictions about our future under climate change (cross-posted from ReefBites)
There are so many things to love about fieldwork. As scientists, it's an opportunity to finally get our hands dirty (so to speak) and interact with the systems we're studying. It's also invaluable to get to know the communities and people who live in the places we work (scientists commonly treat people as separate from … Continue reading Corals are smelly and other anecdotes from the field
It was exciting to finally step foot in Tarawa, the capital of the Republic of Kiribati, after hearing about it for so long -- my advisor has worked here for a decade or so, and I've spent my last three years as his student hearing about his work and its accompanying adventures. I've also spoken … Continue reading Getting to know Tarawa
In just over a month, I'll be boarding a plane and heading to Tarawa, an atoll in the Gilbert Islands of Kiribati. I'll be staying in Tarawa and the nearby Abaiang Atoll for about a month to conduct the first stage of my Ph.D. fieldwork. It's been a long, dark, rainy winter in Vancouver and … Continue reading Counting down to fieldwork in the Gilbert Islands