My research interests are in reproductive biology and behavior, specifically how variation in seasonal ovarian development affects fecundity and the subsequent management implications. On the other end of the spectrum, I am also interested in larval fish identification and the use of transitory structures through ontogeny to aid in systematics. I received my MS at the College of Charleston, where my work combined both reproductive biology and larval fish ecology to determine if cobia were spawning in South Carolina sounds. Currently, I assist with production aging of rockfishes (widow and shortbelly), and am developing staging criteria for ovarian histological samples of blackgill rockfish to more closely examine age at maturity and seasonal developmental patterns.
At the Santa Cruz NMFS Laboratory I am fortunate to continue my interest in historical fisheries research. I identify spatial and temporal patterns of commercial and recreational fish catches from the years 1930s - 2000s along the California Coast. Examples of work are catch species diversity, abundance and extent through time and space. I also produce maps for groundfish stock assessments.