Texas A & M University Corpus Christi
I grew up around natural and agricultural wetlands in northeast Louisiana, USA. These ecosystems inspired me to pursue a career as a wetland ecologist with restoration expertise. I completed my B.S. in Zoology and M.S. in Biology from University of Louisiana Monroe and my Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia. My post-doc at Louisiana State University engendered a lifelong love of coastal ecosystems and interest in invasive species.
Currently, I am a Professor in the Life Sciences Department and Director of the Center for Coastal Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Research in my lab focuses on coastal wetlands along the northern Gulf of Mexico, their responses to climate change and non-native species invasions, and best methods for conservation and restoration. More recently, work in our research group at the Center has included Outreach and Engagement with underserved members of the region, particularly the Colonias.