I am fascinated by how the amazing behaviors aquatic animals do arise from the inner workings of their bodies and the physical laws that govern them. By understanding animal behavior holistically, I strive to better understand how nature works around us and how we can better care for, connect to, and learn from it.
Interdisciplinary thinking defines my approach to science. Through my research, I seek to understand how physical interactions with the watery environment shape marine and aquatic animals’ lives. To do this, I leverage a variety of methods including high speed video analysis, computer vision, fluid dynamics techniques, respirometry, and ecological modeling. I interpret these biomechanical data through the lens of an ecologist in order to understand how physiology and fluid physics influence animal ecology and evolution.