As a marine scientist, I am fascinated by how the amazing behaviors marine animals do rise 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 the 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, and archival habitat and fish specimen data. 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.