- Professor of Environmental Science & Studies, Provost and Dean of the College
B.Sc., Brock University
M.S. Florida International University
Ph.D. University at Buffal
As a marine scientist, my research focuses on understanding how environmental drivers,
such as nutrient pollution and climate change, affect the health of coral reefs. Most
recently, I examined the impact of development on coastal ecosystem health in support
of conservation, protection, or mitigation efforts in the tropical Western Pacific.
I am committed to broadening the impact of my research and have engaged in a broad
range of professional activities, including contributing to the United Nations World
Ocean Assessment, participating in working groups examining the ecology of diseases
at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and serving as an advisor
to the Coral Disease Working Group of the World Bank. I also completed two terms as
a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the National Academies and a term as an Executive
Member of the International Coral Reef Society. I am currently serving on the editorial
board of the journal Coral Reefs.