RSCN3396I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland’s Leigh Marine Laboratory, in New Zealand.  In spring 2017, I earned my Ph.D. at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University.  As part of Dr. Mark Denny’s research group, I explored the ways that small-scale environmental variation influences the foraging behavior of intertidal organisms.  Now, as part of Dr. Nick Shear’s research group, I am continuing to pursue this question in the subtidal lobster, J. edwardsii.  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.