About Me

Bio

I am a biologist and editorial photographer, based in Florida. Most of my research has centered around fish and avian biology, conservation biology, and ecology. I use photography to communicate science to both general & professional audiences.
I am currently working on a Masters of Science in Biology; my thesis research focuses on describing the microbiome of Biscayne Bay.

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Doing some interesting scientific research? I'd love to discuss how photography can communicate your research more effectively.

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Current Projects

Morphology

Morphology is the first project I have created specifically for a gallery setting. It explores concepts of biodiversity, form & function. I hope to get viewers to consider the incredible diversity of structure found in fishes, and foster an appreciation for the complexity of the natural world.

All of the species featured are found in the coastal waters of Florida. Each specimen goes through a chemical process that stains bone: red, cartilage: blue, and renders other flesh transparent. Depending on the specimen, it takes about 3 weeks to complete the process.

In October of 2016, the first phase of the project opened at the DNA by the Hand of Man Gallery in Gainesville, FL. Currently in its second phase, I am working to expand the number of species included. My eventual goal is to photograph one species from every fish Family found in Florida. Limited edition C-type or aluminum prints are available for purchase.



Runoff & The Microbiome of Biscayne Bay

My thesis research focuses on the influence of runoff on the microbiome of Northern and Central Biscayne Bay. I am using high-throughput genetic sequencing to identify the bacterial communities present in the bay. Biscayne Bay is a shallow oligotrophic estuary in Southeast Florida. Channelization of rivers, and dredging of canals has greatly altered the historical flow of fresh water into the bay. This, coupled with the rise of a sprawling urban & suburban development, has greatly increased the nutrient load in the bay. While there are good timeseries data on water quality, the bacterioplankton community is not as well described. The study examines the bacterial community at 14 stations throughout Biscayne Bay, focusing on the mouths of canals. One liter, surface water grab samples will be taken monthly for one year. The filtered samples will then be sequenced for 16s rRNA, to identify bacterial community composition. Based on previous research we expect to find 1) microbial communities will correlate closely with water quality. More oligotrophic areas will have lower diversity and eutrophic areas displaying higher diversity. 2) Stations located at canal mouths will have higher diversity. 3) Stratification in the bacterial community based on the land use of the area surrounding the station. Erroneous sequences will be filtered out using Deblur in QIIME 2. Statistical analysis will be done using Phyloseq, VEGAN, Picante & Unifrac in R-Studio.


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