University of South Florida
My research interests focus on zooplankton ecology with the aim of understanding the physical and biological factors that control the abundance and distribution of zooplankton and the role of zooplankton in marine food webs and biogeochemical cycles. Towards this end I use a variety of methods and technologies, such as high-frequency acoustic systems. Recent projects include the Southern Ocean GLOBEC program, which aimed to understand the influence of climate change and physical forcing on variability in marine secondary production, and a program that investigated physical-biological interactions associated with regions of enhanced biological biomass and activity in Tampa Bay. The objective of another project is to adapt sensor technologies for use on observatory platforms. Profiling moorings are a primary element of the NSF's Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) in coastal and deep-water regions.