Marine Laboratory | Houk Lab
University of Guam Marine Laboratory
Mangilao, Guam 96923
Coral-reef ecology; conservation biology; fisheries; food-webs; population ecology; resource management
Post Graduate Researcher (2013 - 2018)
Graduate Student (2015 - present)
Graduate Student (2016 - present)
Graduate Student (2017 - present)
Graduate Student (2018-present)
I received my undergraduate degree as a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies from Washington and Jefferson College. While there I was able to work on a variety of projects both at the university and abroad. For my undergraduate thesis, I received funding to study small community-based marine protected areas in Fiji. Following that, I worked in Panama for over two years with the Peace Corps in community environmental conservation along the Eastern Tropical Pacific Coast. Some of my main activities during this time included working with small-scale fishing cooperatives, coastal resource management projects, watershed conservation and environmental education.
I am interested in a wide range of topics including ecology, fisheries management, and socioeconomic factors affecting marine environments, particularly coral reefs. I aim to conduct applied science which can be directly used in local and regional management. Here at UOG I will be looking at links between trophic structure of reef fish communities and benthic community composition through Micronesia.
Linking patterns and processes with shifting baselines on coral reefs
I am currently employed as the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for the Bureau of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Resource Management (DCRM) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Part of my time includes in assisting the Long-term Marine Monitoring Program in conducting marine benthic surveys throughout the populated islands of the CNMI.
Manages the long term marine program at DCRM. Ensures that long term sites, established nearly two decades ago, are surveyed biannually. This data is used to provide guidance for coral reef management in the CNMI.