I joined the Seibel Lab as a post-doctoral fellow to study camouflage in octopuses and squids. Our goal is to understand changes in cephalopod body pattern in response to fluctuations in the intensity, spectrum, and especially polarization of ambient light. This research is funded by an Office of Naval Research Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative grant.
I am also investigating the metabolic response of squids and mysid shrimp to decreased oxygen availability in the water column.
My graduate research focused on the defenssive behaviors of deep-sea squids. For this work, I collaborated with Dr. Bruce Robison and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) Midwater Ecology lab. This research was funded in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and through the support of the David and Lucille Packard Foundation to MBARI.