PhD student (2011-present)
Project: Influence of sediment porewater acidification on soft-shell clam (Mya arenaria) recruitment in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick, Canada.
My Ph.D. research focuses on the effects of coastal acidification on benthic invertebrates. More specifically, my work addresses the effects of sediment porewater acidification on the burrowing and dispersal of juvenile soft-shell clams.
Utilizing lab, field, and mesocosm approaches, my work aims to understand the functional ways in which these behaviours are altered, the mechanism by which these behaviours are mediated, and the ecological implications of alterations to burrowing and dispersal under more acidified porewater conditions.