Assistant Professor, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs
I have a broad set of interests, focused both on hard scientific data and policymakers’ use of those data. I study the interplay among geography, ecology, and genetics in marine species, joining primary research with real-world implementation in law and policy. I am generally attracted to projects that have significant elements of both scientific and policy relevance as we work towards more sustainable use of marine resources.
Postdoc Par Excellence
Jimmy is a postdoctoral research associate working on eelgrass habitats in Puget Sound using environmental DNA. His research focuses on the ways that ecological processes like species interactions generate biodiversity both within and across species, especially in a spatial context. He has implemented a variety of experimental, genetic, and computational approaches to study marine systems, but maintains a lifelong interest in other ecosystems. You can read more about Jimmy's research at his website.
Postdoc Par Excellence
Ramón is a postdoctoral researcher working on the use of environmental DNA to identify changes in marine communities that can be linked to changes in ocean chemistry, mainly pH. Areas in which pH varies naturally pose an opportunity to look at the effects that ocean acidification could pose for marine communities. His interests include the use of high throughput sequencing techniques to address ecological and biological questions, from inferring the diet of elusive species to species distribution modeling and their projected shifts with future climate conditions.
Jimmy graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in microbiology in 2015. He is particularly interested in using scientific data to inform policy and management decisions regarding marine ecosystems. As an undergraduate, Jimmy researched the impacts of quagga mussels on the ecology of Lake Michigan using computer models, studied sediment oxidation on the Oregon Coast, and traveled to both Ecuador and Thailand where he studied tropical ecology and microbiology respectively. As a marine affairs student he is greatly looking forward to continue doing scientific research while pursuing his passions for policy and management.
Research Affiliates, Past and Present