Research: Seafloor Mapping (Bathymetry and Acoustic Classification), Benthic Habitat Mapping, Geomorphology, Paleoclimate
Since joining the College of Marine Science in 2015, I have supported various research projects that include a seafloor mapping component. My background is in marine geophysical systems including multi-beam and single-beam echosounders, sidescan sonars, and shallow seismic tools. A current project funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation pairs acoustic seafloor mapping products with towed video data to characterize and assess critical habitat and associated fish communities on the West Florida Shelf. Other projects in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bahamas have been funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Research, and private industry partners.
Additionally, I have had an abiding interest in polar environments–particularly the Antarctic coastal margins–ever since participating on a 60-day research cruise to East Antarctica as an undergraduate student in 2001.
Prior to my academic career, I spent fourteen years in the environmental consulting and marine surveying industries. My private sector work took me throughout the United States and abroad in the United Kingdom, where I was able to employ a wide array of geophysical tools for data acquisition, processing, and interpretation for various environmental investigations. I also have extensive experience in scientific drilling and borehole logging in both terrestrial and marine environments.