I am an Associate Professor at the Oceanographic Center, College of Oceanography, Nova Southeastern University, in Dania Beach, Florida. I am also an Affiliate Scientist of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association.

My research focuses on the ecology of marine systems, particularly those of the open ocean. I am interested in the connections of a variety of trophic levels from the near surface to great depths, with emphasis on the fauna and ecology of the deep-pelagic zone (200 m to 5000 m). I combine observational, organismal and theoretical approaches to help understand Earth’s largest, but least known ecosystems.

Major projects in my lab include:

  • The ecological structure of large deep-sea ecosystems (Gulf of Mexico, Sargasso Sea and North Atlantic)
  • Global deep-pelagic biogeography, management and conservation
  • Trophic interactions of fishes and zooplankton
  • Taxonomy and systematics of deep-sea fishes

Research supported by grants from The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, The National Science Foundation – Biological Oceanography Program, The Office of Naval Research, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Sloan Foundation, The National Marine Fisheries Service, and The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative.