My work in the Leslie lab focuses on anthropogenic impacts, biodiversity, and community dynamics in New England rocky shore ecosystems. Through a long-term field experiment, with sites ranging from Casco Bay in southern Maine to western Long Island Sound, I’m examining how eutrophication and thermal stress are affecting the reproduction and growth of intertidal organisms such as barnacles and mussels. I’m also using field experiments and surveys to examine predation, community succession, and community composition.
I received my B.S. in marine science from Stony Brook University in 2008 and my M.S. in marine biology from the Three Seas program at Northeastern University in 2010. My thesis at Northeastern involved developing a stage-based population model for a California fouling community in order to predict population and community-level changes in response to climate change.