Field Ecologist at Florida Institute of Technology
Worked with the Indian River Lagoon Research Institute to carry out monthly seagrass and benthic infaunal surveys, and provide monthly/quarterly reports for the St. Johns Water Management Districts environmental dredging project. Conducted transects to determine seagrass and drift algae cover and collected samples of benthic infauna based on the methods of St. Johns Water Management District and the Smithsonian Marine Station. Used various methods to characterize sediments, including calculating percentage of water and silt/clay content, loss on ignition for organic content, and shaker sieves for phi size percentages.
Evaluated the environmental impacts of a US Army Corps of Engineers Dredged Material Management Area on seagrasses beds in Sebastian, FL. Conducted biological monitoring of seagrass for the Florida Inland Navigational District to evaluate the ecological influences of a USACE Dredged Material Disposal Site.