Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Oceanography)
B.S., Boston College (Biology)
My research is focused on endemic camouflage strategies in floating mats of the macroalgae Sargassum. Specifically, my dissertation examines how well animals match the colors and patterns of their background, through the visual systems of different predator classes under changing light and water conditions. This work utilizes hyperspectral imagery, which creates a digital image with full light spectrum information at every pixel. I am also involved in studies of seagrass reflectance and remote sensing in Florida Bay, and the optical properties of coral bleaching in the western Pacific.
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