I am a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, in the joint program with The Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole. I am co-advised by Heather and Linda Deegan. I received my Bachelor’s from Tufts University in Biology in 2006, and my Master’s from URI-GSO in Biological Oceanography in 2009 (advised by Charley Roman). I am interested in the ecology of coastal systems, particularly salt marshes. My dissertation research is focused on how changes in growth and phenology in the foundation species Spartina alterniflora will impact the persistence of salt marsh ecosystems under predicted rates of sea level rise.