My interdisciplinary pursuits provide a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. I am an ecologist, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem, and evolutionary sub-disciplines. I often use a food web perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. I am also involved with on-going coastal restoration initiatives and conservation policymaking. Building from these research experiences, I serve in various student mentoring, editorship, science consulting, and community service roles. I have a current research program in The Bahamas and I am active with local scientific research and community service in Western North Carolina. I am always seeking new opportunities to contribute to the broader scientific and conservation communities.