Originally from Michigan, Ann received her undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in 2013. While at CSU, Ann studied abroad at James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland Australia, worked as a Restoration Ecology Biological Technician, and spent her Alternative Spring Breaks working on Environmental and Social Justice Issues. Between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she worked seasonally for the National Park Service as a sea turtle biological technician and as an out-door education lead for the Catalina Environmental Leadership Program.
Ann joined the phycology lab in 2016, and is currently working on her thesis project, which compares the competing reproductive strategies in warming ocean environments of two species of seaweed: Macrocystis pyrifera vs. Sargassum horneri. While at Moss Landing, Ann has conducted over 13 months of field and laboratory research on Catalina Island examining the life history traits and competition between foundation species giant brown kelp and invasive S. horneri. She also helped manage and curate the MLML Research Museum in 2017-2020, and developed SOPs and out reach material for the collection. Ann has also conducted kelp forest ecology research in Baja California Sur, Mexico and in Chile.
- Invasive Species
- Kelp-forest biogeography
- Marine Heatwaves
- Marine Protected Area Management
- Natural History and Museum Managment