Senior Research Associate II
After earning a Master of Science in Marine Biology in 2002 at Florida Tech, I started working at RSMAS under the direction of Dr. R. K. Cowen. Even though my background is in fish functional morphology, I have personal interests in new technologies and engineering, which allow me to understand the technical needs of biologists and propose new approaches to answer scientific questions. My main contribution to the research done in this laboratory is problem solving and design of new field sampling and lab experimental systems ranging from hybrid multiple net systems to underwater video such as ISIIS and OWNFOR. I collaborate with an engineering companie (Bellamare, LLC) in designing custom instruments for RSMAS researchers as well as other universities. Additionally, I manage the logistics of the laboratory as well as the operations at sea. I also collaborate with students and researchers in research projects, grant and manuscript writing.