I am a Ph.D. candidate at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University, slated to graduate in Spring 2017. As part of Dr. Mark Denny’s research group, I explore the ways that small-scale environmental variation influences the foraging behavior of intertidal organisms. I am particularly intrigued by the question: How do relatively simple animals navigate complex and variable environments? To get at this issue, I employ a diverse set of field, lab and computer-based methods. Ultimately, I hope my research will shed some light on the relative roles of evolution and environment in shaping the movement patterns of simple animals.
LaScala-Gruenewald, D. E., Miller, L. P., Bracken, M. E. S., Allen, B. J., & Denny, M. W. (2016). Quantifying the top-down effects of grazers on a rocky shore: selective grazing and the potential for competition. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 553.