My research is primarily focused on developing solutions for aquaculture production, ecological issues surrounding the control and/or eradication of aquatic nuisance species, and the preservation and conservation of native species and ecosystems. As a broadly trained scientist I am able to draw on the science of many disciplines in achieving ecological solutions.
As a biologist, my research addresses immediate solutions to biological issues that are highly political and have economic implications. My research intersect the desires of the private sector, requirements of regulatory agencies, and goals of the natural resource community. Over the last decade, the focus of my research has shifted from quantifying the direct effects of environmental pollutants on reproductive and developmental health of aquatic species, to a more holistic approach to evaluating the effects of environmental stressors on ecosystem health. My research has continued to evolve and serve both the aquaculture industry and the conservation and natural resource community through applied projects directed at the protection of ecosystem health and services from invasive species, as well as the protection of aquatic organisms from anthropogenic stressors (e.g., contaminants, sound, water management, and aquaculture related activities).
Another area of interest that I am pursuing are technologies associated with aquaponic production systems. Stay tuned for exciting developments.